Kerry successfully completed her training with GORSE SCITT last year and secured employment at Hanson School where she did part of her training.

I chose the GORSE SCITT Bradford programme to train to teach as they have an outstanding reputation and package of support for trainees. As a career changer, I was nervous about the prospect of having to start learning all over again, but the structure of the training and calibre of all the staff at GORSE Bradford quickly had me at ease. For those looking to train to teach in Bradford my advice would be to immerse yourself in the experience when on your placements, watch everything and everyone! The mentors in school are knowledgeable and there to help you so don’t be afraid to ask or pitch ideas for a way to improve your own teaching practise. The more organised you are the easier your day will be.

Due to the current situation, I didn’t get to finish my training in the traditional way, but the involvement with online learning and teaching the key worker students during the initial lockdown has been invaluable for preparing me for my NQT / ECT year. It has been a learning curve for all school staff and students alike, but the resilience shown by all has been commendable. That first lesson as a qualified teacher is like the first time you drive alone after passing your test – wholly exhilarating, slightly terrifying and questioning the instructor’s decision! I can’t say it hasn’t been a tough few weeks, with lots of additional procedures in place, it can be hard to digest it all, however I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than in my classroom teaching and inspiring students to be the best they can be.

Kerry Simpson – Design and Technology NQT at Hanson Academy

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