Throughout my life I have always taken on any challenge that has presented itself to me. I feel this always had an impact on my drive to become a teacher, as it is not an easy profession, constantly evolving and providing multiple challenges. The School Direct route equipped me with the required skills, preparation and experiences to cope with these challenges.
Firstly, the support you receive to help you become a first-rate teacher is of the highest quality. This includes support from subject specific mentors, professional mentors, subject departments and university tutors. In addition to excellent mentoring from your placement schools within the alliance, you receive guidance from a university tutor linked to the alliance and can use the facilities available at the University of Cumbria.
From the outset you are within the school environment and this shows you what the life of a teacher is really like. This time in school enables you to gain the experiences needed to develop as an excellent classroom practitioner. You receive weekly feedback on your lessons and targets are agreed in order to help you make progress. You are given the opportunity to get fully involved in the life of the school.
I would highly recommend choosing this route into teaching not only for the reasons outlined but also because the pride and sense of achievement that it provides once completed, is truly rewarding. My experience of the School Direct programme with the Pennine Lancashire Alliance has been so positive that I have gained employment at Haslingden High School and couldn’t be happier to be part of a great team.