Trainee Stories

Matthew Maslin
School Direct
Salaried Primary Trainee
2018/19

Why did you choose George Abbot SCITT?

I chose GA SCITT because they ignited my energy and enthusiasm to join the teaching profession. The wide range of training they offered and the success rate of their past trainees really reassured and enthused me.

Why would you recommend the programme?

Learning on the job, in a school with your own class is the best way to get a real feel for how you can become the best teacher you can be. This, coupled with the excellent lectures provided by a range of specialists, helps support your development. Most importantly, when there are areas where you need support (and that’s inevitable!), the SCITT team and beyond supportive, both emotionally and practically, meaning that at no point do you feel like you are on your own.

What have been your highlights?

I have made some great friends, started a fantastic network of NQT’s to support and be supported by, and worked with a wonderful class. Passing my PGCE and getting my NQT status is definitely up there, but the best moment was the first time meeting my own class for the first time after qualifying.

What advice would you give to someone considering teaching as a career?

It is like no other job I have ever had. There isn’t a day that goes by without me laughing or being surprised by something the pupils say. Just enjoy it! Capitalise on your strengths and become the teacher your personality is leading you to be.

Diana Staniforth
Part time
Salaried English Trainee

Why did you choose George Abbot SCITT?

I had already worked at the school as a TA for several years, and so knew it would be a great place to train.

Why would you recommend the programme?

It is a really thorough grounding in all aspects of teaching, including well-being for teachers, and the support offered is outstanding.

What have been your highlights?

Being able to take responsibility for the learning of classes, and seeing the amazing gains that students make.

What advice would you give to someone considering teaching as a career?

Take the opportunity to see as many lessons and teachers as possible – you can learn so much from simply observing. But… Be the teacher you know that you are – you will find your style so embrace it.

Malcolm Munnelly
School Direct Fee
Paying Primary Trainee
2018/19

Why did you choose George Abbot SCITT?

I chose GA over other offers as they offered a smaller cohort with an emphasis on the individual trainee.

Why would you recommend the programme?

For the same reasons above, the pastoral support is top notch. The team go out of their way to help and assist throughout the course. At no point did I ever feel like a name on a spreadsheet, and having that personal connection is really important to me.

What have been your highlights?

As a part of the course, definitely the SEN placement week. It exposed me to a side of education that I had never encountered, and really opened my eyes to what teaching should be outside mainstream education. Outside of the academics, the bond you form within the small cohort will see you through the tougher parts of the year – it continues to be a highlight for me.

What advice would you give to someone considering teaching as a career?

Be ready for how hard it will be. There is a lot of talk about the challenges of the training year which I had taken on board, but not fully appreciated. It will be harder than you think, but so much more rewarding because of it.

Jane Wallace-Jones
School Direct Fee Paying Geography Trainee

Why did you choose George Abbot SCITT?

I was determined to do school centred training rather than through a University, and George Abbot is a clear forerunner in this field due to the many years it has been running and excellent results.

Why would you recommend the programme?

One outstanding feature of the George Abbot SCITT is the amount of personal support you get. There are enough people in the course for you to feel part of a ‘team’ going through the same thing, but also the group is small enough for the George Abbot SCITT team to get to know you and support you as needed.

What have been your highlights?

I loved my SEN placement, my professional training days on Wednesdays and also the end of course barbeque where we all let down our hair and had fun together! It was also incredibly inspiring to hear and see input from others on the course – the range of talents and experience is incredible – and you learn so much from the others on the course with you.

What advice would you give to someone considering teaching as a career?

Spend time in a school observing other teachers , ask people what the hardest part of the career is, make sure you can financially afford to make the change and above all make sure you have support from friends and family- it’s a hard year training, and the NQT year is very demanding too. It’s tough taking on anything new, but going back to ground zero in a new career, when you are already competent in another can be very humbling at times. The challenge is wonderful though- and I’ve learnt that old dogs can learn new tricks!

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