Why did you want to be a teacher?
Being a teacher is something that I’ve wanted to do for quite a long time. I have always enjoyed the challenge of being able to nurture and guide younger people but more so when I became a parent myself. Seeing the impact that my son’s teacher had on him, he was so full of life and curiosity and enthusiasm. It made me think that I want to be able to have that kind of influence on younger people and it really drove me towards wanting to become a teacher. It was quite daunting making the decision as it was a complete career change but when I decided to do it Red Kite was always going to be the provider I went with. The level of support you get both inside and outside the school environment is second to none. I don’t know of another training provider who supports you in the same way especially before the course has even begun with all the learning resources and tips. There is a real sense of community between all the trainees, we’re all on the same journey together and everyone is really supportive of each other. Even the interview process with Red kite gave experience of what teaching might be like and I don’t think you can get that anywhere else. I just can’t wait to get started and see where my teacher training journey will take me.
What advice would you give to someone on the fence abut teacher training?
Really think about why you want to be a teacher. It’s more than just liking working with children or being good with children. It’s more than that, it is being able to really make a difference in someone’s life and have a real impact. Really think about what area you want to teach in. You should really give some consideration to whether you want to be Primary or Secondary. Do your research and look into schools in the area and different teacher training resources are out there. Try and really understand what a teacher’s life involves. It wont always be fun games in the classroom, there is a lot of work involved but the impact you can have if you do make that switch to teacher training, is second to none.