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Case Studies




I have been teaching mathematics at Elliott Hudson College since September 2021 having completed a successful placement there during my training year.  At times in that year, I felt overwhelmed by the responsibility and the position I was putting myself in – why was I doing this to myself?! However, the support from my host teachers, my mentors and my subject leaders put me at ease and they were willing to give time to helping me.  They are willing to delegate to you when you feel ready and give you the most complete experience that they can. Now I’m a full-time teacher and I come away each day knowing I’ve made a difference to someone – whether it’s the further maths student to whom I gave ten minutes of my time to help them with some homework they were stuck on or the tutorial student who was getting increasingly anxious about their university applications. Some days are harder than others, with lessons not going to plan, but each set back makes you come back better and wiser for the experience. The SCITT are always supportive and will drive you to be your very best.


Patrick – Mathematics Trainee – Elliott Hudson College



I trained as a Primary colleague with the GORSE SCITT in 2019/20 and it was an incredible way to start my teaching career. As a primary teacher, you get to build and develop strong relationships with your pupils, as well as explore a variety of subjects and topics throughout the year. My personal highlight is seeing the strengths of all my pupils across an array of subjects. Training with GORSE SCITT was an amazing experience! You receive enormous amounts of support and guidance from your mentor, subject lead and all staff associated with the programme. We had access to regular CPD sessions, mentor meetings, Central Training sessions and numerous events, all aimed at providing us with the best stepping-stones to develop our practice. I would recommend the SCITT to anyone who is interested in teaching, as the amount of in-school placement time, access to high quality resources and PGCE programme is outstanding. Since qualifying, I have been lucky enough to be appointed as a Year 5 teacher at Hillcrest Academy. I am just over half a term in and absolutely loving my job. The pupils are amazing, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings.

Joseph Dehdashty – Primary Trainee – Hillcrest Academy


Rachel Shaw TFA, Biology (Year?) From the vast unknown to the ultra-commonplace, Science is everything in our existence. Science is all around us, and I believe there is something for every student to discover- it is our duty as teachers to help them find it!

As a trainee with the GORSE SCITT, I was able to experience life as a teacher while being fully supported by outstanding mentors as well as subject knowledge and pedagogy leads. The training made me feel confident in becoming a successful ECT, and I was able to hit the ground running in my dream school.

Knowing you are truly making a difference is the best thing about working with young people in a school. Challenging students to become the best version of themselves, helping them to unlock their potential, and supporting them in achieving their academic and personal goals – no matter how bold the dream, is a career like no other.

I feel I have already achieved so much as a qualified teacher! I have been interviewed live on BBC Radio Leeds, where I spoke about my experiences of teaching and encouraged others to pursue this rewarding career. I also attended the ‘Get Into Teaching: Question Time Leeds’ event, where I gave a speech on ‘Being a Teacher’ and participated in a forum as a lead panellist. Since this event, I have been recruited to be a ‘Case Study Teacher’ for the Department for Education’s ‘Get Into Teaching’ campaign.

Training with Gorse SCITT

Olivia Tidswell TMA, History (Year?) I chose to be a History teacher as it is an invaluable subject that not only gives students transferable skills for the future but also provides them the knowledge to discuss complex contemporary issues, which have a long history, with confidence.

Training with Gorse SCITT was an excellent first step into my teaching career. My mentor and host department were incredibly supportive and pushed me to teach exceptional lessons and build strong, positive, and long-lasting relationships with students. I was given the opportunity to go on educational visits, attend subject specific CPD and develop my historical knowledge so that I felt confident in the classroom.

Thanks to the SCITT I have been able to expand my areas of interest in school to take on a role co-ordinating the PSHE and RSE curriculum whilst still enjoying my day-to-day History teaching. Both these areas of my work are challenging and fulfilling.

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