E. Veivers – Teacher of Mathematics (NQT) St. Peter’s Catholic High School
I chose to train with the Wigan and West Lancashire Catholic School Direct as I had heard that from the very start you are treated as a teacher and not a trainee. This was 100% the case. From the very first day you are in school involved in all the normalities of a teacher and I feel the pupils see you straight away as the teacher instead of a trainee that they can run rings around. I feel the training process has prepared me so well for my NQT year and I have felt really relaxed about the whole transition.
The best thing about my NQT year is having a classroom of my own to decorate however I want. This freedom felt good and it was great to get the kids involved in making my displays and turning the classroom into a bright and happy environment! This makes the world of difference!
My advice to trainees is to stay organised and manage time effectively by prioritising. Yes, the workload is a lot and sometimes you can feel overwhelmed but if you prioritise your jobs then you are using your time effectively and the task won’t feel as big. Good luck to anyone training in the future!