Why did you choose the Rivington School Direct Route?
A major advantage of the School Direct route is that you generally spend more time in school than most people who just study for a PGCE with a University. This means you are accepted and treated as a proper member of staff by your placement schools and, crucially, you have more time in the classroom. Having that extra time with the students meant I now feel better prepared for my NQT year.
In joining the Rivington alliance you are also given a choice over where you do your training. Consequently, if you have a particular interest, like Sixth Form or working in religious schools, the team at Rivington School Direct will do everything they can to accommodate this, which is really helpful.
What have you liked about being a trainee?
The most enjoyable part of the training year has to be the students. Of course, sometimes they can be hard work! However, they all have such wonderful personalities and it is a privilege to be able to spend every day with them and hopefully spark their interest in a subject that means a lot to you.
It has also been great to meet other new teachers. Rivington School Direct regularly organises training days which are perfect for catching up with other trainees, supporting each other and sharing new ideas.
What are your future aspirations?
I am currently at the start of my NQT year with Westhoughton High School where I am aiming to get Spanish off to a great start. The school has not taught that language for a while, so it is really exciting. I hope to remain in teaching for a good long while, eventually taking on more responsibility, hopefully in the pastoral area of education.