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Being a part of the School Direct training programme at Barr Beacon School prepared me for teaching in a way a PGCE couldn’t. Being in school from day one means that you are viewed as a member of staff and have the opportunity to see first-hand how teachers set up their classes for the year. You can get involved in aspects of school life such as extra curriculum activities that really makes you feel like one of the team. The training year within Beacon provided me with an insight into how a school transforms and adapts throughout the year. It allowed me to see how pupils develop within your subject and build a relationship with both staff and pupils.
The school direct programme was fantastic for getting us into school straight from the start; it allowed us to become familiar with school procedures and policies earlier than those on the PGCE route. Being present in the classroom from very early in the term was also great when taking over classes, as we already knew some of the students and we weren’t seen as necessarily being ‘new’.
The support was brilliant throughout and the programme allowed us to visit other schools within the SD training scheme that we would not have necessarily have had the chance to do so if not on this route. All in all, the programme has helped me feel more prepared for teaching at Barr Beacon this year, and I feel that my first half-term here may have been a lot harder if I hadn’t got the grounded training behind me.
The support that I received throughout my training year at Barr Beacon has helped me to become the hardworking and organised teacher that I am today. The rigorous training and constant demands of the course have aided my achievements during my NQT year. This includes achieving Outstanding on every formal observation, and enabling pupils to progress at the rate that is predicted on their flight path.
With help of my Professional Mentor I was able to receive up to date training on whole school issues, including SEND, Pupil Premium, differentiation, AFL… the list is endless. I found this incredibly beneficial as I could relate the policies to the theory delivered at the University, which in turn would provide support for the assignments. Having these training sessions also provided a good opportunity to engage with other trainees on the course. It is nice to be reminded that you are not alone during a stressful but worthwhile year. Having a subject mentor not only bettered my teaching but also gave me a chance to voice any concerns or worries.
I heard from many PGCE students that they would receive negative feedback on observations which undoubtedly dampened their desire to teach. I found that throughout my training, all feedback was constructive and fair despite having what I thought were “really bad lessons.” I would be lying if I didn’t say that my teacher training year was probably one of the toughest years of my life however Barr Beacon made sure that I did not give up, lose hope or faith. They have immaculately prepared me the best way possible for NQT year.
Barr Beacon SCITT
Old Hall Lane
0121 366 6600