Curriculum Leader of Computer Science
|Additional responsibilities: Deputy Director of GORSE SCITT.|
I am extremely fortunate to have trained with GORSE SCITT in 2014 / 15, to be become an outstanding practitioner. I have progressed very quickly in my teaching career starting as a teacher of Computer Science in 2015 and now in my current role as Curriculum Leader of Computer Science in 2018. My core passion lies with Teaching and …Read More
Head of Religious Education
|I am extremely fortunate to have progressed to Head of Department in my second year of teaching. I am extremely passionate about RE and I would like to continue running this department, opening the minds of our young people. In the future, I would love to work for GORSE SCITT, the outstanding training provider that I was fortunate enough to do my teacher training with …Read More|
Science – Chemistry
|I have progressed up the career ladder quite rapidly and at the minute I am focussed on becoming an outstanding curriculum leader.|
The advice I would give to new teachers is ever underestimate how the simplest things can change a child’s life. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness …Read More
|My advice to trainee teachers is to take every day as it comes, every day may not be good but there is something good in every day. |
Most recently one of my students told me at parents evening – when I asked how do you find Geography? – that she loves it and it is the only lesson each week that she actively looks forward to coming to. …Read More
Teacher of Art and Design
|My training year was the most difficult but most rewarding year of my life.|
The advice I would give to anyone training to be a teacher is to carry on: the difficult bits will get easier and fun bits will get even more fun.I Loved the variety of different experiences that my training year offered me. Experiencing a range of diverse educational settings was inspiring, and played a huge part in getting me to where …Read More
|My advice to trainee teachers is priority is key. Make sure when you have a to do list that you are tackling the most important points first. Having a one page calendar with deadlines and key dates really helps too.|
My one of my favourite times of the day is morning registration. Watching the children come into the classroom …Read More
PE and Maths
|Although I trained as a PE Teacher, I have continued to develop my skills and capacity and now also teach both maths and PE at The Stephen Longfellow Academy.|
I love the variety, and that is the advice I would give anyone; be flexible, keep learning and enjoy the work you do!
Teacher of Physics
|Additional responsibilities: Deputy Director of GORSE SCITT.|
Prior to this I was Student Performance Leader (Head of Year) at The Morley Academy.During my NQT year I was successful in becoming a Student Performance Leader (Head of Year) for a Year 8 group, who I have seen through to Year 11. In January 2019 I took on the role of Deputy Director of GORSE SCITT. Career progression in …Read More
Ron Dearing UTC
Hull’s employer-led school is leading the way as a centre of excellence in teacher training in the city.
Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) is working with leading training provider Gorse School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) to help attract new teaching talent to Hull and the East Riding.
Gorse, the only Ofsted Outstanding Provider of teacher training in the region, has teamed up with Ron Dearing UTC and four other local secondary schools to provide apprentice-style teacher training for post-graduates.
This is the first time a Gorse SCITT training course has been organised in East Yorkshire, with previous training primarily focused in Leeds and Bradford, and Ron Dearing UTC is the only Hull school involved in the first local cohort, helping to attract the next generation of outstanding teachers to the city.
An induction day will take place on Friday, July 12, which will see next year’s trainee teachers gather for the first time to find out what the year-long training course has in store for them, meet their new colleagues and listen to speakers, enabling them to hit the ground running when the new academic year begins in September.
Out of 22 trainee teachers registered for the 2019 intake across the five schools, up to eight will train at Ron Dearing UTC, undergoing hands-on training, including observation, teaching, planning and marking, in a classroom environment for a range of disciplines, such as English, maths, science, art and design and computer science.
Each of the trainee teachers have passed the interview and selection stage and visited the schools they will train at, stating their preferences for the subjects they would like to specialise in.
Once qualified, they will receive Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) qualification, awarded by the University of Sunderland.
Chris Berry, School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Co-ordinator at Ron Dearing UTC, with Rachel Charlesworth, who has pioneered the training partnership and has now qualified as a Science Teacher at the employer-led school.
Chris Berry, Lead Practitioner and SCITT Co-ordinator at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “We want to use our expertise to encourage more people to come into teaching.
“Ron Dearing UTC was established to fill key skills gaps and produce more engineers and young people with advanced technical and digital skills. In order to do that, we need teachers who can develop these skills in young people and we need to grow our own teaching talent.
“We’re not just interested in producing successful students, we’re committed to training and developing successful teachers as well. The two go hand in hand.”
The other four schools involved in the scheme are Bridlington School; Headlands School; Hessle High School; and Baysgarth School in Barton-upon-Humber.
Rachel Charlesworth, who was originally a Science Technician at Ron Dearing UTC, was the first trainee teacher to undergo the Gorse SCITT training course at the school, with her course running from Leeds.
She has now qualified as a Science Teacher at Ron Dearing UTC and said she has never looked back.
Rachel said: “There is no better way of learning to teach than doing it and watching others.
“You learn how to deal with behaviour, how to engage with a class, you’re around other teachers and you learn so much.
“This is definitely the most flexible way to do it and I love it here. Everybody is so friendly and like-minded.”
Original source - RON DEARING UTC LEADS WAY IN TRAINING NEXT GENERATION OF TEACHING TALENT
Head of Religious Education
Teacher of RE / Heath and Social Care
I am extremely fortunate to have progressed to Head of Department in my second year of teaching. I am extremely passionate about RE and I would like to continue running this department, opening the minds of our young people. In the future, I would love to work for GORSE SCITT, the outstanding training provider that I was fortunate enough to do my teacher training with.
If I could give any advice to trainees, it would be to ENJOY your year and to not expect miracles straight away. The best and most experienced teachers are still learning so it is essential that you are patient with yourself in your teacher training year. Additionally, I would suggest making a marking rota, or ask your host teacher for theirs, especially if you are in a literacy based subject. My final and most important piece of advice is to observe other teaches as much as you possibly can. This is not something you will often have the time to do once you qualify, so make the most of it whilst you can! As you observe other educational professionals, look closely for ideas, listen to the language they use and enjoy their teaching style! You will find yours soon.
To date, my favourite experience as a teacher has to be the Year 11 results day, August 2018. I had taught two GCSE classes in my NQT year and seeing their reactions as they were awarded their fantastic grades in RE - for all their hard work - was truly the reason I am in this profession. A close second has to be when a particularly student, who had worked above and beyond for two years, thanked me before he left. In a card, his words were “because of your hard work and perseverance, I have become what I wanted to be”. I will never forget his kindness!
Teacher of Art and Design at The Stephen Longfellow Academy
Lead teacher for GCSE
Mentor for TGAT SCITT
Some shared curriculum lead responsibilities
My training year was the most difficult but most rewarding year of my life.
The advice I would give to anyone training to be a teacher is to carry on: the difficult bits will get easier and fun bits will get even more fun.
I loved the variety of different experiences that my training year offered me. Experiencing a range of diverse educational settings was inspiring, and played a huge part in getting me to where I am today.
Without the help and support of everybody I worked with during my training year I know I wouldn't have gained the experience necessary for me to move forward in this unique direction.
Securing a position at TSLA was the start of something very special. Being part of the development of a brand new school is an experience I will never forget and in doing so I have not only had the privilege of working alongside amazing professionals, but made some friends for life in the process too.
Assistant Curriculum Leader of Geography
The Farnley Academy
My advice to trainee teachers is to take every day as it comes, every day may not be good but there is something good in every day.
Most recently one of my students told me at parents evening - when I asked how do you find Geography? - that she loves it and it is the only lesson each week that she actively looks forward to coming to.
At the start of this year, I spent the day on the Alton Towers rewards trip with 3 of my form members, I went on the rides with them and had lunch with them. It was lovely to build relationships with these students outside of the school setting.
When I was teacher training I worked with a small number of year 11 girls to help them with their GCSE Geography grades, there was one particular student who did not warm to me at the beginning but slowly she came around and began to participate in lessons. When I finished my placement she bought me a card which said how much she appreciated my help and that I didn't give up on her. This is probably my favourite memory.
Teacher of Physics
The Morley Academy
Additional responsibilities: Deputy Director of GORSE SCITT.
Prior to this I was Student Performance Leader (Head of Year) at The Morley Academy.
During my NQT year I was successful in becoming a Student Performance Leader (Head of Year) for a Year 8 group, who I have seen through to Year 11. In January 2019 I took on the role of Deputy Director of GORSE SCITT. Career progression in The GORSE Academies Trust is accessible and encouraged well and I have always been supported during this progression.
I myself trained with GORSE SCITT during its first year back in 2013/14 (back then it was called LCTSA) so I have experienced what you’re about to experience in training to teach within The GORSE Academies Trust and our partner schools, all of which are fantastic institutions. My best piece of advice is to ask questions. Lots of questions. You’ll be training with some of the best teachers in the country, use their knowledge!
My favourite memory in training was when the Year 8 class I taught in my first ever lesson made me a massive goodbye poster with all their hand prints on it and a message from all of them. It’s still on my wall at home to this day!
My favourite moment in teaching was definitely results day, Summer 2018. I took 41 physics students from Year 9 until Year 11 and 83% of them were awarded grade 9-7 (national average: 42%), with nearly half of them securing a grade 9. Well over half of these students now study physics at A-level. One of the best days of my life. We worked so hard for three years to achieve this, but the most important thing by far was our amazing teacher-class bond. We were in it together.
Science - Chemistry
Curriculum Leader of Science
The Ruth Gorse Academy
I have progressed up the career ladder quite rapidly and at the minute I am focussed on becoming an outstanding curriculum leader.
The advice I would give to new teachers is ever underestimate how the simplest things can change a child's life. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.
My favourite memory from teaching so far is my current Year 11's; I have been teaching these students since my training year over 3 years ago and we have been on a rollercoaster, they have remained excellent throughout and because of this have achieved outstanding things. Sitting at Year 11 parents evening and discussing their recent mock examination results gave me an incredible sense of pride!
My advice to trainee teachers is priority is key. Make sure when you have a to do list and that you are tackling the most important points first. Having a one page calendar with deadlines and key dates really helps too.
My one of my favourite times of the day is morning registration. Watching the children come into the classroom with big smiles on their faces, bubbling with excitement for today’s learning adventure.
Every couple of weeks, when I’m marking, I make sure I flick back through the children’s books to compare their current work to the start of the year. Seeing how much progress the children have made is the best reward you can get as a teacher. Being reflective is such a crucial part of teaching, whether that is reflecting on a lesson, CPD training or the progress a child has made.
I had an amazing mentor when I was training. It is so important to build a solid relationship with your mentor as they are your biggest support and your best source of knowledge. Ask them questions, learn from them and magpie teaching strategies. They want you succeed as much as you do!