1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The experience was for teaching and so day to day you would shadow a member of staff at the school. You would deal with the lower years, so year 7 & 8, and simply observe whilst acting as a teaching assistant (helping students out who ask for help, hand stuff out, collect stuff in). I was also given the opportunity to run the occasional lesson.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My communication skills have developed a lot. Having to stand in front of large groups of people means you have to adapt to project your voice and appear confident.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I found it very rewarding and enjoyable as you built up an enjoyable relationship with the students you were working with. I also learnt a lot and it made me realise that teaching was the career for me.
4. How valued do you feel by Secondary School?
I didn't feel all that important in the grand scheme of things, but to the teacher I shadowed and those i interacted with they were all very friendly and polite, and tried to help me out as best as possible.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme worked well as I was integrated into the staff quite easily, and adjusted to the work very successfully.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I didn't receive a great deal of support, the occasional message to check in with me that's all.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I received a lot of support as they frequently gave me feedback and advice on the job, and how best to carry it out. It helped me out a lot:
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It was unpaid so did not meet my costs. But I have a part time job on the side and live at home so I was able to support myself.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are quite a few opportunities available. Online i have seen a few apprenticeships with companies like jaguar etc that look quite intriguing.
9. Would you recommend Secondary School to a friend?
Because it is thoroughly enjoyable, and you have the opportunity to learn a lot in the short period of time that you're there.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Secondary School?
Make sure you're confident enough to teach a class if you're not sure, and also be friendly and polite and respect the staff there.