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Jacob O'Kill

‘I began Southend SCITT in 2016, I had thought about teaching since my graduation from university but had never actively pursued it, choosing instead to work and live in London and abroad. Once I had finally made the choice to begin a career in teaching I applied to Southend SCITT. I was immediately supported by the leadership team, offering advice and guidance in the many approaches to teaching and what would be best suited to me.

I completed my training year, progressing to a geography position in a nearby local academy. Since then I have progressed to the Subject Lead within my subject, all the while being continuously supported by SCITT mentor Rebecca Foster and the SCITT leadership team, Penny Bowman and Christian Gilson.

The SCITT approach allows for an invaluable experience into the life and role of a teacher within a school. The support from CCCU in completing my PGCE assignments was excellent, with Katie Kennedy (our mentor from CCCU) regularly leading sessions and being available almost 24/7 for advice. I can safely say that whilst my career in teaching is relatively new, the SCITT and their approach is one that lends itself incredibly well to preparing students for what awaits them in this incredibly fulfilling job.'