One of our fantastic History trainees currently training with us this year, Kelly Pearce, discusses her thoughts on her training placements and offers her advice on how to make the most of your time whilst in school. 

Starting as a fresh face in an already well-established department at a new school will always be a daunting thing to do. It can be easy to fall into the trap of considering yourself as ‘just the trainee’. However, it is vital to take every placement in your stride. In order to get the most out of every placement, instead of comparing yourself to staff members, take this as an ample opportunity to gain a wide range of skills, knowledge and techniques from them, they are extremely invaluable to your training.

When trainees first join the programme in September, you are not thrown into the deep end. We provide you with the initial training you need to be able to take that first step into the classroom, whilst you also have a two week observation period to see teaching in a variety of settings.

During the two-week observation period, you may feel itching to just get to the front of the classroom and start of your teaching practice. While this enthusiasm is crucial, it is also important to remember that this opportunity won’t appear in your career again and the ability to be able to take a step back and observe and reflect on other teacher’s practices is an opportunity not to be overlooked, no matter how prepared you feel.

As part of your teacher training with GORSE SCITT, you will gain invaluable experience from two different placements within our alliance schools. We are extremely proud of how involved our trainees are with extra-curricular activities and the support they offer to schools, staff and students.

To really get the most out of your placement, it is also key to throw yourself into any opportunities that arise. This can include volunteering and assisting during parent’s evenings, school open evenings, break and lunch duties, revision and study support sessions and any after-school extra-curricular activities that spark your interest. This will not only put you in good stead for achieving Teacher Standard 8 but will also provide you with highly valuable experience in different aspects of the school life and help you to go from feeling like the ‘new kid’ within your department, to a well-respected and important member of the school community.

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