Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance

Alex: The First Half Term

Since starting on this training course I have been having a really enjoyable time and have felt my own skills developing, as well as my confidence towards teaching.

Since starting on this training course I have been having a really enjoyable time and have felt my own skills developing, as well as my confidence towards teaching.

My main training school was decided early on last year before I began properly training. The school was chosen by LTSA based on what would suit my needs the best, this made the whole process a really smooth transition for me. This meant that I got to visit the school before I started training there. I got the opportunity to meet staff within the department and observe some lesson which helped prepare me for when I started so that it already felt familiar to me.

Being at the school from day one has been enormously important in helping me feel like part of the team there. Since the beginning, and within the first module, I have been placed with a year 8 form and I get to experience the more extra-curricular, pastoral side of the school, through taking part in ‘awareness activities’, helping with assemblies and taking part in house competitions. My particular school also gave me the opportunity to spend the week on a residential trip with a year 7 form in Normandy, France. This was a unique opportunity; not just to visit places like the D-Day landing beaches, and the Bayeux Tapestry, but to spend time with a class outside of the school setting and this helped me learn a lot of new skills and gain a deeper bond with this class.

When starting the school can feel a bit of a daunting place with so many new names and faces to learn and a lot of background in how the school operates; however, I very quickly started to settle in and feel confident. My school has been really welcoming and I have fitted easily into the routines of the school. My mentor based at the school has also received training through LTSA. Under his guidance I have been shown many useful teaching strategies to use in the classroom. My mentor has also been on hand to help with any questions or issues I have as I move forward with my practice. Getting the chance to observe other teaching staff from across the school has given me lots of inspiration of teaching methods from how to set work at appropriate levels to dealing with behaviour management issues.

My weekly training with LTSA has been enormously beneficial, not only for the useful content and guidance they provide, but having the time to meet up with fellow trainees. Having that time each week to share experiences, or any worries is really useful, as being together in this way allows us to bounce ideas off one another and support each other as a cohort.

The first module has already been such an interesting and rewarding experience.  I am looking forward to where the rest of my training takes me into the future.

Alex