School Direct Trainee at South Bromsgrove High
After working as a Teaching Assistant in a secondary school, Elizabeth decided to take the next step and apply to train as a Secondary Biology teacher at South Bromsgrove High
Why did you choose the School Direct route into teaching?
I wanted 'on the job' training from the very start and to understand how teaching works from the inside.
What part of the training has had the most impact on you?
Watching many different teachers and their different approaches to teaching. This gives you a few ideas to try but also shows you how not all great teachers are teaching the same way. There are many ways you can interact with the students in your class and many ways you can demonstrate certain ideas. There isn’t just one correct way to do this.
What aspects of school life have you enjoyed?
I have enjoyed getting to know the students both inside and outside of lessons. The Duke of Edinburgh expedition was a great way to interact with the students in a less formal setting and find out a bit more about them as a person.
What does an average day involve?
Getting in early to make sure you have everything you need for your lessons that day. Possibly doing some last minute printing! I don’t stop all day. In between lessons I am marking, chasing up students and planning future lessons.
Have you had any bursaries to support you during your training?
I received the government bursary for teacher training, as well as taking a grant, along with my student loan to support my outgoings throughout the year.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about training to be a teacher?
Make sure you are 100% about what the job entails and you are prepared for the amount of work that comes along with it. It is a very rewarding job, but it’s not easy and you will be tested at busy times of the year, as well as being tested by some of the students! Make sure you’re organised and never be afraid to ask for help. The staff will be more than happy to help you!
"I wanted 'on the job' training from the very start and to understand how teaching works from the inside."