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From an early age I had wanted to teach but had never been in the position to fulfil my dream and when I started as a parent helper at my son's school, my desire to teach grew again but this time I was determined to make it happen. I applied to Northampton University to read history and when I was about to enter the third year of my university degree, knowing that I wanted to teach history at secondary school and that a SCITT (School centred initial teacher training) was the best route for me, I started to do my research. I did not want to end up back in the lecture hall, but preferred to learn on the job in the classroom, and The GUTP stood out right from the start. Kate was so quick at answering the many questions I had, and was able to put my mind at ease and the GUTP became my number one choice.

I still remember the process for my interview. I had to plan a starter activity for a presentation and sit an assessment in English and maths, as well as having an interview. I am no mathematician so I was quite concerned about the tests, however, there was no reason to be as the questions are just there to check you have an understanding of maths and English to be able to teach.  The whole process went smoothly and shortly after I was offered a place with the GUTP.

Now, having just completed the course and gained my QTS as well as my PGCE alongside  looking after my two children, (one who is registered disabled and has SEN) I can say that the GUTP have been supportive and helpful all along the way. I have been very lucky in my placement schools and with my mentors. Both schools were very different and it was great to be able to use the skills I had learnt in my first placement and build and improve on them in my second placement. The whole experience has been enjoyable and I have made some lifelong friends who will be embarking upon their ECT years with me. I can’t lie there are moments when it can get a bit overwhelming but the GUTP are there to help you and guide you every step of the way.

To anyone thinking of embarking upon teacher training I cannot recommend the GUTP highly enough and my takeaway piece of advice would be to be organised. The more organised you are the easier it will be. Make notes, lists and also make sure you have time for yourself and your family. I made sure I had one night off a week and one weekend day off.  It is achievable and it's so worth it when you get fist bumps from the students you have taught and they tell you they miss your lessons.

July 2022


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The Grand Union Teacher Training Partnership

c/o Sponne School

Brackley Road



NN12 6DJ

Tel: 01327 350284 ext 7253