Our 2018/19 trainees are nearing the end of their training year and this is what they have said about training to teach with us:
Cobi: School Direct @Exeter
I chose to train with the WCTSA as I wanted to gain as much school experience as possible whilst still completing the taught PGCE programme. I also wanted to stay close to home, which meant that I didn’t need to move for my placement schools.
As I was coming into teaching as a mature student, it was important for me to have time in school before being expected to teach. Through the WCTSA I was able to gain valuable classroom experience at the start of the year and enrichment activities, such as post-16 and school trips.
The PGCE year was tough, but with the support and help from all at WCTSA, it has been manageable and totally worth it! I would certainly recommend my route into teaching, especially with WCTSA - the advice, support and mentoring has been invaluable in developing me as a teacher.
Jo: School Direct Distance
James: School Direct Distance
The best bits of this year have definitely been seeing the real impact your teaching is having on students. Even if you are having a stressful week, making a difference to one student makes it all worthwhile. Witnessing pupils develop, and knowing that you have really helped to support and challenge them both academically and personally, is a reward like no other. The most challenging parts have probably been managing and balancing workload, making sure that you are using your time effectively. Even when it seems like the work-life balance is off, seeing the difference you are making to young people’s lives still far outweighs the hours you have dedicated to the cause. I would not hesitate in recommending the School Direct route, especially with WCTSA to others considering a PGCE.
Emma: School Direct Distance