What were you doing before School Direct?
Before School’s Direct, I was a full-time student. I completed my BA Hons degree in Drama and Theatre, and while undertaking my Creative Writing and English Literature MA, I applied for the School’s Direct course. I have always absolutely adored reading, writing, and theatre studies from a very young age, which massively inspired me to undertake the School’s Direct course.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
I was heavily inspired by a teacher earlier in my own education, who challenged me and made me become so passionate about my subject. I loved school, and I had some amazing teachers who truly made an impact on my life. I wanted to pay that forward, back into the area I grew up in, and be that person young adults may need, even beyond the classroom setting.
Why did you choose Campus Stockton School Direct?
Campus Stockton provided excellent schools in the area I grew up in, feeding into my perfect ideology of paying it forward. After speaking to Chris and Gill, there was absolutely no way that I wasn’t applying!
They made me feel so excited and filled me with the hope that this is the perfect course for me. The level of support and guidance is fantastic and all the training sessions Campus Stockton provide go above and beyond the traditional ‘teacher training’ sessions. Campus Stockton has equipped me with the skills to embark on a fantastic journey into my pedagogical practice – while making you feel part of a family.
What has been your favourite moment so far?
The final week of SE1 placement is Christmas week, which you get to unwind slightly and have some festive fun with the classes and staff that you have spent the last term with. SE1 is a challenging term, so being able to spend some time to truly enjoy the strong relationships you have built in a fun, festive setting is something special.
The beginning of SE2 is also incredibly exciting, as you begin your second placement to refine your practice. It is an amazing experience to meet new pupils, colleagues and get used to a new environment that, in turn, allows you to learn so much!