Year of training with AMP SCITT: 2016-17
Current job title: Teacher of Mathematics, Second in Mathematics (Mat cover), PSHE & Citizenship Coordinator
I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and after extensive research found that AMP SCITT was the right programme for me. I was keen to be part of this SCITT Programme as it threw me in at the deep end and allowed me to be immersed in the school environment from day one. I relocated from the South of England to Merseyside in order to complete my teacher training year. I was made to feel very welcome, despite being new to the area and settled in extremely well. The Initial Teacher Training programme gave me the opportunity to train and work in two contrasting schools providing me with experience of a range of challenges both academic and pastoral. Both the schools that I trained in had strong pastoral structures which developed my interest in this side of school life.
Since qualifying, I have been responsible for a tutor group and by invitation of a member of the SLT, I am taking part in the Middle Leadership Development Programme in order to pursue a pastoral leadership role. In September 2018, I was also appointed as Second in Mathematics as well as PSHE & Citizenship Coordinator. These were opportunities that I actively sought to broaden my teaching and leadership experience.
I am a keen traveller and have been fortunate enough to have taken part in two foreign residential trips in my NQT year, one educational, one active. Residential trips allow you to build on the fundamental relationships with your students and peers. Teaching has also allowed me to take my enthusiasm for mathematics one step further by attending conferences and workshops throughout the country, with the added benefit of networking with other secondary mathematics teachers.
AMP SCITT was key in building my confidence as well as core knowledge and provided a very supportive and encouraging environment. I am still in touch with members of the AMP SCITT team, teachers at my placement schools and other trainee teachers. I look forward to taking everything that I learned during this time forward to my career in education.