Why did you become an Achievement Coach?
My route to university was through Sixth Form and completing my A-Levels in English, Business and History. I always had a passion for English and knew that I wanted a career that involved Literature and the aspects of English I enjoyed. However, not having a clear sense of what career path I wanted to follow before and during some of
I studied English as an undergraduate degree. My university course consists of a lot of reading and communicating. Although, some people often don’t value the importance of English and how it is fundamental to learning in education and working life. This is one of the reasons that I wanted to study English and now go on to teach the subject. I had heard about the Students in Classrooms scheme in passing throughout my degree and after hearing about this scheme again in my third year, I bit the bullet and applied for it as I wanted to confirm that teaching was truly the career path I wanted to follow.
I had little experience in the classroom. I had previously been a reading mentor in
What have you learned from your role?
It helped me to see first-hand the roles and responsibilities of a teacher without actually having that title. This scheme confirmed for definite that my aspiration of becoming a teacher was exactly what I wanted to do. It allowed me to work and help younger children, and truly see how my actions can help someone improve academically and personally. Also, from this role I realised how much I can learn from children and vice versa, it is amazing how much you can learn. At first, it was daunting being in a classroom and working amongst young people but this scheme helped me build my confidence in a school environment as well as helping me develop many other skills.
So if you are thinking of teaching I would one hundred percent recommend this role, honestly I wish I have had done it sooner.
For the next academic year, I will be doing a School’s Direct programme ran by NTU. It will allow me to spend the majority of the next year observing and teaching lessons within a school environment that will help me develop my skillset even further. Without having done the students in classrooms programme in my final year, I believe that I would not have had the skill set nor the experience to be able to work within a secondary school. It helped build my confidence and communication around young people and it also helped me realise my potential as a teacher and as a role model. It will be a challenge and not everything will always be perfect no matter how much you organise and plan. It can be frustrating at times but the reward and satisfaction you get from knowing that you helped someone is so worth it. So if you are thinking of teaching, I would one hundred
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