Update – September 2017
I am a new Head of RE, working in a 11-18 VA school in South West London.
I am a female NQT, working in a 11-18 state, non faith, comprehensive school in South West London.
After finishing my A Levels, and taking a year out to think about what I wanted to study at university and where I wanted to study it, I began my undergraduate degree at York University in 2012. I graduated in July 2015, with a 2:1 BA (hons) in Philosophy.
Part way through the second year of my undergraduate degree, I began to volunteer at local schools, supported pupils with additional needs. This lead to working for an English and Maths tutoring company and helping at a local youth group. Previously, I had no real career direction in mind, however I found working with young people really interesting.
At the beginning of my final year at York University, I applied for my PGCE in Secondary Religious Education. My first interview was at St Mary’s University, Twickenham in December 2014. I was so impressed by the course, university and staff on the interview day that I immediately accepted the place on the course when it was offered.
I started my PGCE in September 2015 and completed it in June 2016, graded Outstanding.
Whilst at school I would have never even entertained the idea of becoming a teacher. I was desperate to leave school almost the entire time that I was a pupil, however being a teacher has been amazing. It is incredibly cliche to say so, but the career is enormously rewarding and every single day is different. I would much rather be stood in front of a class of thirty 13 year olds, discussing the world’s problems, opening their eyes to what is beyond the four walls of the classroom, than sat behind an desk in an anonymous office.
‘they may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel’ – my PGCE tutor’s words of wisdom