My first term of teacher training has come as something of a whirlwind! I never thought I’d become a teacher, I was dead-set on working in scientific research and maintained this vision up until a few years ago. Having travelled on pilgrimage to Lourdes over the past 7 years with the Archdiocese of Liverpool Youth Pilgrimage, and interacting with hundreds and hundreds of young people my opinion started to shift. As I got older I realised I actually really, really enjoyed working with young people, so I moved away from science for a year to work for Animate – the archdiocese youth ministry team.
During this year, I worked with around 10,000 young people and it really cemented my desire to become a teacher. I had the opportunity to go into a range of catholic schools across the diocese, and this included some of the schools that make up WWLCSD! It was clearly meant to be, and a few months later I’d accepted my place on the course to train as a teacher of science.
Fast forward to the end of the advent term. I’ve recently completed my first placement at St. Bede’s in Ormskirk. It was such an amazing place to work, the department was really supportive, and my professional and subject mentors helped me immensely during the term. I was able to immerse myself in the life of the school, running the table tennis club and helping out with a range of trips and activities – especially within the chaplaincy where I could draw on my previous experience in youth ministry.
As Christmas crept up, I was made aware of a vacancy within the department. I applied, initially just for the experience. I wasn’t expecting to be successful as I’d only just finished my first placement, but I was offered so much support by our WWLCSD directors to prepare! I hadn’t had any university input on it yet, but this made sure I was really relaxed and confident going into it! My lesson and pupil panel both went really well, so it was just the interview left in the afternoon. Thanks to the advice I’d been given, I had thought through my main answers to the really key questions. Later that evening, I received a phone call saying that I was being offered the position. I was absolutely ecstatic! I really couldn’t have done it without the support given from my tutors and school direct directors, they were all so helpful! As far as I’m aware, I was the first of our science cohort at Hope to get a permanent position and I’m now incredibly excited to begin once I qualify!
I’ve had such an amazing start to my teaching career, I know this is the right choice for me and I’m truly blessed to have been given this opportunity so early. I know I couldn’t have done it without WWLCSD!