“When I received a place on the Southend SCITT I was excited at the prospect of becoming a classroom teacher. The training and mentoring I received has since enabled me to propel my career into different avenues. I am in NQT+1 year and have already had the experience of stepping in as Acting Learning Manager.
I would not have had the confidence to apply let alone be considered for the role had I not been exposed to elements of pastoral care and safeguarding during my training. Training days within the SCITT involve bringing people together, from different places in their lives, to learn about how to inspire future generations. I have taken skills from sessions in sharing good practice and working together into my department. I have been able to provide CPD for colleagues; opening up avenues of teaching which they may not have considered before, looking at the curriculum in different ways and preparing lower key stages for their future examinations.
By gaining my PGCE alongside working in a school I have been able to move forward in my career with clear ambition and confidence.”