A. Beeley – Numeracy Coordinator across the Curriculum and Mathematics Teacher at St John Fisher Catholic High School
After completing a Mathematics and Management degree at the University of Leeds, I quickly decided that I wanted to use my degree to teach. I found out about the Catholic School Direct course through St Mary’s Catholic High School, and researched the course before deciding it was the best route into teaching.
I started my training at St John Fisher Catholic High School on the first day back after summer with all the other teachers and this was great because the pupils thought that I was a regular teacher. I observed lessons for a few weeks and then slowly took on my own classes. I received so much advice and assistance whilst I was training and everyone was so welcoming and supportive. The course offered me both subject and professional mentors, who gave tremendous support and guidance throughout my placements and helped me to reflect on my teaching practice and technique.
I secured a job at St John Fisher for my NQT year, and half way through this, I was appointed Numeracy Coordinator across the Curriculum. This role has allowed me to interact more with other departments across the school whilst enhancing my own knowledge and awareness of the presence of maths in other subjects. The School Direct course definitely prepared me for this role, as I felt confident as a teacher and ready to challenge myself further with an additional responsibility.
I would definitely recommend the WWLCSD course to all who wish to get into teaching.