After three years at university I had no clue what I wanted to do next. It took a little time, but eventually I realised that I wanted to be a teacher and once I had visited Shotton Hall I knew that there was nowhere else I wanted to be.
Every time I walk through the school doors I am filled with excitement because I know that when I leave I will be a better teacher, and quite possibly a better person. Being at a school to learn how to teach just makes sense to me. I sat through three years of lectures and was honestly expecting a similar atmosphere - I couldn’t have been more wrong! I have felt so much more involved with all the learning I have done, we work in groups, feed off each other, share ideas and grow as individuals. I enjoy it far more than sitting through four hours of lectures and struggling to keep awake, which is never a problem at Shotton.
The people are wonderful, all of them. The course directors really know their stuff and are so approachable - you always feel supported. Even if they weren’t there, the other trainees are such a lovely bunch and are all so willing to help one another out that you always know help is there.
The other teachers are friendly, the dinner ladies are lovely and the kids are superb. It’s so nice to be able to go into the playground at break and chat to the teachers about their experiences, or the pupils about how they view school. Just those little experiences, popping into an assembly or tutor group, make such a difference.
It has been an amazing, educational, eye-opening experience so far, and I’ve only been on the course for a month! The mini-placements really give you a chance to see a side of education that you just wouldn’t experience otherwise, which is so valuable. As a (hopefully) future science teacher I have also really enjoyed testing my memory and subject knowledge, but also getting to try some experiments that I have always wanted to do, like making fruit batteries and throwing eggs off the roof!
I have begun to settle into my first teaching placement now, I have just received my teaching timetable and I cannot wait to get started. I’m sure many things will go wrong, but I’m ok with that as I am here to learn and I know I have the full weight of Shotton Hall SCITT there to catch me when I stumble.