School Direct Trainee at South Bromsgrove High
Faye Higgings, trainee MFL teacher at South Bromsgrove High, tell us what it’s really like to be a School Direct trainee.
What made you decide to train to be a teacher?
I was lucky enough to have a really enthusiastic languages teacher when I was at secondary school. I wanted to pass on the love of languages that she gave me.
Why did you choose South Bromsgrove for your placement?
I looked on the website and checked out the Ofsted report and the school looked fabulous. When I visited, my first impression of the school was that modern and well kept, and the displays inside showed how many extra-curricular and house activities the students do. Everyone that I met on that day was friendly and informative, and I was really chuffed to be accepted. I couldn’t ask for a better place to do my training.
What do you find most challenging about the training?
The lesson planning! I try to make lessons as interesting as possinle, and sometimes I can be sat down for half an hour running through lots of ideas and then think of all the aspects that could go wrong or wouldn't work. Planning can be very time-consuming, but as you get more used to teaching you start to know what works and what doesn’t, which helps.
What does an average day involve?
I start the day with the form group I share, checking that they have arrived at school safely and giving out notices. The rest of the day flies by, as I am either teaching a lesson, planning a lesson, assisting another teacher or helping pupils with any problems they may have. I can never cross off everything on my to-do list because I keep writing new things down!
What part of the training has had most impact on you?
This will sound cheesy, but I’ll say it anyway, it has to be the pupils. That’s what teaching is all about. The planning and evaluating can be a pain, but when I am in the classroom, that’s when I know I have made the right decision to go into teaching. When a student learns something in my lesson, I can go home happy.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about training to be a teacher?
Do it! Make sure you keep organised and get enough sleep. If you want to keep on top of everything, you may have to cut down on your social life a bit, but this will keep you sane! It’s important to have at least one day off a week where you have a complete rest, but it’s all worth it!
"When I am in the classroom, that’s when I know I have made the right decision to go into teaching. When a student learns something in my lesson, I can go home happy."