On a rainy and windy Wednesday afternoon in November we set off after school, fighting through Leeds rush hour traffic, to reach Leeds Beckett University Headingley campus in time for the teacher training recruitment event. Fortunately Miss Rodrigues was driving and as she knows all the best back routes to miss the worst traffic we arrived in plenty of time.
The event we were attending was a Leeds Beckett University Open Evening intended to give advice and information to prospective trainee teachers. Armed with leaflets, folders and a rather large Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance banner we set up in the grand Great Hall, although we were slightly disappointed to notice that there were absolutely no chairs! As current School Direct teacher trainees we were pleased to discover that we actually knew quite a lot of helpful information that we could pass on to interested applicants. After a busy couple of hours chatting about UCAS applications, the difference between School Direct and provider-led PGCEs, how great Batley Girls’ High School is (obviously!), subject availability, getting work experience and what not to call your email address if you’d like to become a teacher, we felt we’d had a very productive evening.
We arrived back at Batley quite late and fortunately had taken Miss Rodrigues’ advice by parking at the front of the school, not in the now locked car park. We felt tired, but also pleased that we’ve been able to help a few other people decide which way into teaching is the best option for them.
Mrs Spencer and Miss de Bokx
School Direct Teacher Trainees