Lead Practitioner of Staff Development
ITT Co-ordinator & Professional Mentor
The Discovery Academy
I have held the role of ITT Co-ordinator at The Discovery Academy for the past 8 years and thoroughly enjoy the post. Meeting new aspiring teachers each year is an absolute pleasure and having an instrumental role in supporting them through training towards their QTS is something that I am extremely passionate about.
My role involves:
- Co-ordinating subject mentors at the academy, to ensure a good match between trainee and mentor
- Attending steering groups and development meetings
- Scheduling fortnightly, hour long meetings with each trainee to support their teacher training
- Ensuring observations are constructive, informative and are completed in line with the course deadlines
- Creating a bespoke CPD calendar to support successful pedagogy which compliments the SCITT central training program
- Ensuring paperwork is quality assured to the acceptable standard expected of course leaders.
We also ensure that other trainees placed in our academy have time to meet regularly throughout the year to share their experiences, strengths and concerns, as having peer to peer support is key to ensuring successful development.
In addition to the roles and responsibilities of my position I strongly believe that mentoring teachers of the future is a privileged post to hold. I pride myself on being available as often as possible to coach, mentor and guide the trainees I meet, in order for them to be the best teacher they can be. I believe that the school-centred initial teacher training route that St Joseph’s offer is an excellent route into teaching, as it provides practical experience in a professional ‘real-life setting’. We have worked closely with St Joseph’s teaching school for many years and trainees that have been placed with us at the academy consistently complete the year as good/outstanding teachers. Many have continued to work within the academy following successful completion of their NQT year. I strongly feel that creating outstanding teachers for the future is instrumental to the continued development and improvement of education. Since becoming a parent myself, I feel it is even more important to ensure that the teachers of the future join the profession to make a difference that can both inspire and improve the life chances of young people.