Zara Taylor - Computer science trainee

Year of study


What were you doing before SCITT?

I worked in the marketing department of a multi-academy trust for six years, after leaving university.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I had wanted to be a teacher since I was little but I was never brave enough to do it - I admired anyone who dared! Working in a school, my confidence grew and when I decided I wanted a different challenge I knew it was time for me to be brave and apply to train to teach.

Why did you choose Shotton Hall SCITT?

Shotton Hall SCITT stood out in more ways than one. From their website to their super friendly and supportive staff. It was an easy choice for me.

What would you say to anyone thinking of teaching?

Yes, it feels scary and yes, there will be times when you wonder if you are making the right choice. But those doubts will soon fade when you are in the classroom, teaching a subject you love. Don’t let the negative portrayal of teaching in the media put you off - there’s a reason why so many people do it!

What has been your favourite part of training so far?

It’s been nice to be a student again, to learn and to meet new people but my favourite part has been teaching! The buzz you get after teaching your first lesson is amazing - especially because I thought I couldn’t do it!

How does teacher training differ from your previous career?

I think the biggest difference is the structure. I had the freedom in my old job to manage my day, however, in teaching, you have to be in certain places at set times for lessons, break duties etc. I can’t just make a cup of tea when I want anymore!

Do you have any tips or advice for potential trainees?

Be organised right from the start. Make lists and buy an academic diary (and a BIG bag - you’ll need it!). Plan lessons in advance. Build friendships with your fellow trainees – they are the only ones who will fully understand the roller-coaster that is teacher training. And just believe in yourself - believe you can do it!