A little about Lydia
I have been working as a Primary School teacher in Year 2 since January. Prior to this I had volunteered in a local Primary School and had experience in all year groups.
I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember (cliche I know), but it is true. This became clear when I started volunteering in my local Primary School. I saw the sheer passion teachers had for their pupils and the extreme pride throughout. After volunteering for some time, I started to lead small group activities and took part in some classroom routines. Seeing the progress children were making made me love being part of their learning even more!
Applying for Teacher Training
After 2 years of my first degree I started considering PGCE options for when I had finished. I knew I wanted a school-based approach and soon came across Exeter Consortium. They had a range of glowing recommendations, all of which were very accurate. I decided I would call them, not really knowing what for. After speaking with a member of the team I felt I understood the course structure. I was adamant I wanted to do this course so started my UCAS application. I only put Exeter Consortium on my application (I do not recommend, as it is very risky) but I was certain I didn’t want to train anywhere else! I completed my interview with them and was very lucky to be offered a place.
My favourite aspects of Teacher Training:
My favourite aspects of the course were the individualised targets which helped me develop efficiently and effectively and were based on regular observations. This prepared me for interviews and for regular observations as an ECT.
I found Exeter Consortium to be the most supportive, welcoming, and encouraging course. They provided me with the tools and skills to become a confident teacher. As a trainee I lacked self-belief, as an ECT I am confident in my teaching practice, thanks to Exeter Consortium.
Describe Exeter Consortium Schools’ Alliance in three words!
If I could describe Exeter Consortium training in 3 words it would be supportive, engaging and fulfilling. My advice to any future trainee teachers is, trust the process, it is a challenging year, but it is 100% worth it. Be honest with yourself, your mentors and course leaders about what you can do and when you need guidance or support. I can say I would do my training all over again if needed because without it I wouldn’t have my amazing class who make me laugh every single day!
Lastly, teaching is the BEST job ever! Trust me, you won’t regret it.