Completing my Schools Direct teacher training in Science with Riddlesdown Collegiate has been one of the most positive, challenging and rewarding experiences of my life.
Riddlesdown has afforded me so many opportunities to develop as a teacher providing me with an environment to learn and continually progress whilst supporting me every step of the way. The Schools Direct route allows you to learn on-the- job and become immersed in an educational environment from the outset. This enabled me to better understand all the nuanced aspects of classroom management and knowledge delivery.
The South East Learning Alliance ensures a diverse, unique and exciting training experience where I have been able to observe and learn from expert colleagues, teach across all Key Stages and participate in weekly pedagogical training sessions.
These sessions are planned and delivered at exactly the right time of the year to benefit my development and work in symbiosis with the University course. There is also the invaluable support of a high-quality Mentor who guides you through every aspect of your training year.
It has been a great pleasure to have developed my own personal style of teaching under the guidance of my committed and highly skilled Mentor as well as benefiting from the vast range of experienced staff at Riddlesdown. Anytime I was unsure of what to do, I was able to seek advice from someone that knew exactly how tackle the issue I was facing.
For me, it has been so important to train at a school that is driven by high aspiration for both staff and students, placing emphasis on academic success, but also appreciating the high value of creative arts, sport and extracurricular activities. As a Science teacher I have been able to stretch students’ abilities, challenge their thinking and broaden their understanding of the world. In addition, training at an outstanding school has afforded me the opportunity to witness inspiring and innovative lesson which has in turn influenced my own practice immensely.
The continued support and training that Riddlesdown Collegiate has provided has been supplemented by the University of Roehampton who, alongside the Alliance, have offered valuable insights, and supported us through the theoretical application of our knowledge. The University-based sessions cover a breadth and depth of knowledge that is vital to becoming a successful teacher and in doing so underpins and highlights the awesome responsibility that teaching carries with it.
The training I received has been above and beyond anything I ever expected – I am truly grateful for my time at Riddlesdown Collegiate and I am delighted that I get to continue my career here accessing the high-quality professional development I have become familiar with! During my two-week Early Career Teacher Induction, the Principal stated that “You’ve taken the biggest decision in your life, to join the best profession in the world!”, which I couldn’t agree with more and I am very much looking forward to September and giving myself fully to ‘best profession’ – teaching.