Deciding to apply for Teacher Training is a big step, finding the right provider for you is really important. We would like you to meet some of our Teacher Training trainees - Meet Annie, Laura and Colin, secondary and LaureBeth, primary who have put together a few paragraphs about why they chose Achieve with TELA
Why did you want to be a primary teacher ?
I have always wanted to be a primary school teacher but decided to gain more experience with children before I began my training.
After graduating from my undergraduate degree in 2018, I started working as a teaching assistant in a foundation stage classroom. Working in a classroom role every day made me want to progress and develop my knowledge of how children learn and how teachers support their progression.
I chose to do my teacher training with TELA because of the great relationships they have with a variety of primary schools local to me. I knew that this would mean I got a rich placement experience in schools that have fantastic reputations.
Throughout the course the TELA team have been another point of call for unlimited support, guidance and advice – particularly through the school closures due to Covid-19.
Throughout the course our timetable has been balanced between time on school placements, learning first-hand in the classroom and lectures from tutors who are knowledgeable and dedicated to passing on their love of teaching.
A PGCE is a very full-on year but there is constant support to guide you through this.
Choosing to train to teach with TELA is the best academic decision I’ve made!
Why did you chose to teach the primary age range?
My name is Lauren and I am training on the primary PGCE school direct course with TELA.
I started the course in September 2020 after applying in February. I have a degree in Psychology with Criminology which I studied at Loughborough University. Aspects of developmental psychology and learning theory particularly interested me and influenced me to pursue a career in teaching. My own fond memories of my time in primary school were another influence. I wanted to make a positive impact on children, like my teachers did with me.
Before the course began, I had some experience of working with primary aged children. This was mostly during my time working for a sports coaching company throughout the summer. I wanted to expand my experience working with children to ensure that it was a career I truly wanted to pursue. After the summer, I gained employment at a local secondary school in Leicestershire. I worked here for a year, primarily in the special educational needs department. After some reflection, I decided that I wanted to pursue my teaching career in primary education. I liked the thought of getting to teach different areas of the curriculum and felt that I was more suited to primary education after working with a range of key stages.
Through my work in educational settings, I had heard about a range of teaching routes, one of these being TELA. TELA were able to offer me placement schools which were local to where I live and I had heard many positive reviews from both students that I had met at school training with TELA and the wider staff community.
During my time on the course so far, I have had the opportunity to work across two different schools in two different year groups. The schools were both within a close drive and offered a range of different teaching opportunities to me. The university course offers a wide variety of different sessions to improve both your pedagogical practice and subject knowledge. TELA and the university have both offered guided support throughout the course, keeping us informed about training opportunities and providing sessions to help us with the interview process. !