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Life as a trainee teacher

Rhiannon Bedford

SCITT Training: 2014-15

Current Role: Head of Maths

I have always wanted to be a teacher, in particular, in my hometown of Stoke-On-Trent. I applied to the SJC SCITT as I felt the route into teaching suited me. I wanted to get straight into it and have as much experience as possible in a classroom. I felt it was important I was looked upon as a member of staff by pupils as I started on day 1 of the term.

The teacher training sessions on a Wednesday afternoon also meant having almost a full week of school experience for an entire year. The support I received during my training year was exceptional, from both my lead school and SJC SCITT which enables me to have such fond memories of my training year.

Training to become a teacher is challenging and you have a rollercoaster of emotions due to each day being so different. It is the year of many firsts and you spend a lot of your time learning what “not” to do in situations all whilst being fully supported by the SJC SCITT. On the other hand, it is an incredibly rewarding profession and training through SJC SCITT really highlights the rewards of teaching. Every single day you impact the lives of young adults in Stoke-On-Trent and support them to achieve their aspirations.

I qualified 4 years ago and have since been promoted twice, initially to Lead Practitioner of Maths and then to Head of Maths whilst also being an SLE for the last 3 years in Stoke-On-Trent. I thoroughly believe SJC SCITT provided me with not only an exceptional teacher training but also developed my leadership skills.