Degree and university: Psychology and then Graduate Teaching Programme (GTP) at Wolverhampton.
What do you do in your job?
I’m a primary school teacher, currently teaching Years 5 and 6. I teach a class of 30 and cover all National Curriculum subjects. In the latter part of my NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) year I also took on the role of PSHE (General Personal, Social and Health Education) Coordinator and Healthy School Coordinator.
Did you always want to be a teacher?
Certainly not, I wanted to be a high court judge! In fact, I did start training as a midwife before swapping to education. I had a fantastic experience during my own education with lots of support and encouragement from my teachers. They made a real difference to my life and so I have always been aware of the importance and impact of this profession.
Are you considering further study in order to gain promotion?
I’ve already started! I’m only in my second year of teaching but I already have 30 credits towards a Masters and am currently undertaking a further 30, which will mean I’m halfway there. For me, it’s not about promotion but professional development.
What do you like and dislike about the job?
I love the fact I can come into work every day and it is always totally different. The downside is the starting pay which, when compared with other professions, is not fantastic. There’s also a lot of planning and marking to do which is overlooked by people who think teachers only work 9am to 3pm (I wish!).
What skills do you think you need to succeed in this sector?
Confidence, honesty, determination and a caring nature.
What would be your best piece of advice for graduates wanting to enter this sector?
Go into all phases of education, gaining experience with all age groups, so you can make an informed decision about the age group you’d really like to teach.