Alex Rippingale – My experience of placement one.

The start of my teaching journey felt like it took an age to come around. From deciding to apply, to having an interview, gaining a place and then finally starting in September. It was just under a year from the date of applying to the start of the training year and I was itching to […]...

Dan Wheals – Why I applied to teacher training.

I love learning and where better than at school?  Having had several areas of interest in my life I found that on applying to become a primary school teacher I had been into over 40 primary schools in 10 years.  During this time I ran courses on creative learning, social enterprises and ga...

Matthew Toyne-Blair – Why did I apply?

Some people know exactly which profession is the one for them; they know which position they aspire to hold. Consequently, they journey cheerily through education with a clear goal in mind. For me, I did not have a career in mind when I decided to go to university. Nor did I have one in mind [&helli...

Joanne Locke – Why I chose to teach Secondary education.

The advice generally given to those debating whether to teach primary or secondary education is that primary is for those who like teaching children and secondary is for those who like teaching their subject. While I understand the difference in emphasis in primary and secondary between child develo...

Verity Turton – Why is MFL so vital in the world we live in today?

When I hit forty it was time for me to take stock of my life. I had previously had a successful career in financial services, which came to an abrupt stop when I had my children. My priorities changed. The idea of travelling to London every day and leaving them behind was unimaginable, let alone [&h...

Samantha Torr – Could outdoor learning support KS3/KS4?

When we consider outdoor learning, we often think of primary aged pupils. With the new regulations and constriction of Covid 19, could we reinvigorate and regenerate the notion of ‘learning on location’ in our local outdoor areas? It has been much documented during partial school closures about ...

Chloe Whittle – The Rewards of Teaching

Anyone considering a career in teaching will most likely be doing so because they are passionate about their subject and have a deep desire to support both the academic and social development of young adults. ​ Becoming a teacher means to become a role model: a figure of trust and respect. It also...

Neil Jones – Changing Careers

“You’re crazy,” they said. “You won’t have enough time to manage everything,” they told me. “Have you thought this through?” Back in January, when I applied for a course with CTTC for Secondary English, everybody thought I was either insane or unaware of the pressure of teacher train...