Stuart Dixon - Primary trainee
Year of study
Tell us about your route into teaching...
My main career path was in sport science in higher education, predominantly working in a technical support role.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
As time in my previous role went by I had more and more involvement in teaching, eventually volunteering as a STEM ambassador. I found that I got a lot out of supporting and inspiring others in learning and that I am also very passionate about science, maths and physical activity. I wanted to be able to pass that inspiration onto others.
Why did you choose Shotton Hall SCITT?
I personally believe that learning to be a teacher in a teaching environment is the best way to develop the skills you need to teach. Shotton Hall SCITT in particular stood out as a very supportive and open environment in which to learn. Also, being a ‘research school’ is an added incentive as it means they are at the forefront of teaching development.
What would you say to anyone else thinking of becoming a teacher?
It’s never too late to change career path. Teaching is a very rewarding and diverse role that gives you such a buzz when you see the amazement from students as they develop new skills and knowledge.
What has been your favourite part of training so far?
The amount of knowledge already imparted has been amazing. It is delivered in an inspiring way so that confidence is developed from an early stage enabling me to add in newly learned techniques to my teaching.