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Upton Cross Primary School

A.F

 

I first started my journey at Upton Cross primary school as an agency member of staff. I decided that I wanted to do agency work as I had just finished University and was not too sure on what career path I wanted to follow. After an induction to the school I was then told that I would be working as a teaching assistant in Reception with a very experienced teacher. Around 2 months later I had my graduation from university and finally realised that teaching was a career I wanted to pursue. After christmas the school were looking for permanent members of staff to fulfill teaching assistant roles in the school. As soon as I found this out I decided that I would like to stay at the school as a permanent member of staff at the school and spoke to a member of the senior leader team about this. They were really happy that I wanted to become a member of staff at Upton Cross and so was put forward for an interview to get the job. Thankfully I got the job and became a permanent member of staff, continuing my role as a teaching assistant in Reception.

 

In July, before the school year had finished, I was told that I would be moving to year 5 to support the year group and a 1:1 child in one of the classes. It was during my time working in year 5 that I decided to have a conversation with a member of the senior leadership team about applying for the East London Alliance SCITT, which was in partnership with the school. They said that they would be happy to support my application and my journey to becoming a teacher, so I went through the application and interview stages to get on to the course and was then given a space on the course to start my teacher training in 2019. I was so thankful that I had been in a school that was willing to support me on my journey to become a teacher and members of staff that I could go to for advice and guidance through this time. 

 

It was then in September 2019 that I started my teacher training, working in Year 6 with two very experienced teachers. Throughout my teacher training year I was able to gain a lot of knowledge through observations of other members of staff, training sessions and working with my school based educator. My training year was unfortunately cut short due to the pandemic, but was still able to gain my QTS by attending weekly meetings, training sessions and by completing a virtual folder for lesson plans and tasks set by my SCITT. As I trained in year 6 I was told that I would get to carry on my work in the year group and do my NQT year as a Year 6 teacher. So far my NQT year has been great and different at the same time, but with support from the school and my NQT mentors has been one to remember.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey so far working at Upton Cross and look forward to continuing my teaching career at such an excellent school.