As I embark on my ITT year with Shotton Hall SCITT I would just like to share with you the journey that brought me here.
I moved to Newcastle upon Tyne from Northern Ireland almost 4 years ago to be with my then fiancee who is a Geordie lass. Since then I have been working for a car rental company in Newcastle but I only ever considered this to be a job and not a career, as my real passion was to work with young people.
Back home in Ireland I was very much involved in coaching youth teams in my local hurling club (hurling is an Irish Gaelic field sport, similar to lacrosse) which I found very rewarding. Coupling my passion for working with young people with my love of maths led me to thinking about becoming a maths teacher. Through the help and advice from my wife, who is a music teacher herself, I decided that teaching would be the perfect job for me.
The first thing I did was to look on the DfE website for information on becoming a teacher. As I was interested in teaching maths and had a 2:1 degree I was eligible for the premier plus scheme where the DfE helped me to get teaching experience in a school. As luck would have it I was offered an experience day in The Academy at Shotton Hall in their maths department which I enjoyed immensely.
The maths department then kindly allowed me to come back for further experience days and that is when I found out about Shotton Hall SCITT. I was very excited about the course that the school was offering and knew that it was the only one I wanted to do my training with. Luckily I applied to the course and was accepted. Looking at last year's results I believe I have made the right choice.
So this summer, in preparation for the course starting, I have completed a 12 week online subject knowledge enhancement course, alongside leaving my job and getting married! Quite an eventful summer! I cannot wait to get started so roll on September.
Darren Flynn, 2014 Shotton Hall SCITT trainee teacher