Gemma Barrett, Maths Teacher

Gemma Barrett - Maths Teacher

"Teaching allows you to learn as much from the students as you can teach them."

My Background

I have a BA Hons degree in Accounting and previously worked for 6 years as a financial sales representative for a global I.T infrastructure firm in London. Alongside that I am a Qualified Management accountant with a CIMA qualification. I chose to go travelling for 10 months during which time I qualified to teach English as a foreign language and have taught in 16 countries around the world.

Why I wanted to teach

I wanted to be able to help students improve their quality of life and open up opportunities for their futures.

Training

SCITT training was an amazing experience. It was an equal amount of theory and practical to ensure that I was well rounded and had the skills to succeed in the classroom. The practical element allowed me to learn from the students to progress my skills in teaching.

Future aspirations

I am currently teaching Maths and completing a Masters in Teaching and Learning. In the future I hope to progress my teaching skills to be able to implement changes that will impact students learning and school experience. I would also like to combine my knowledge of business with my teaching career.


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Walter Cole, Maths Teacher

Walter Cole - Maths Teacher

"My journey towards teaching started in Australia, was considered in London and finally settled under the tutelage of The Solent SCITT, where their depth and breadth of resources and experience cements them as a key force in teacher training."

My Background

I spent 30 years manufacturing garments and merchandise for the licensees of brands such as: Billabong, Speedo, U2, Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Coldplay and others

Why I wanted to teach

After a wonderfully successful career, I wanted to put something back into the community, specifically helping young people with a key life skill subject - Maths.

Training

I moved from Chelsea to Hampshire to be invigorated by a well-considered mix of students undertaking the course. Importantly, as the course challenged the students there was a depth of experience on offer to assist all the candidates.

Future aspirations

I am currently undertaking an NQT year at the Cowplain School where I hope to further my skill set towards becoming an outstanding teacher.

Rebecca Purkis, Humanities Teacher

Rebecca Purkis - Humanities Teacher

"The Solent SCITT supported me through one of the most challenging years of my life. I look back at it now and think of it as an amazing experience."

My Background

I studied American Studies and History for three years at the University of Portsmouth. I left with a qualification of a 2:1 BA. Before I completed the degree, I realised I wanted to pursue a career in teaching History. This derived from my passion of the subject and wanting to share that enthusiasm with others. During my final year, I spent time observing different schools. From this experience, I realised I wanted to pursue this further and spent time in a secondary school as a Teaching Assistant to really gain an insight. I did this at Park Community School for an academic year. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and it encouraged me to continue on my original career path.

Why I wanted to teach

I wanted to become a teacher of History due to my immense passion in my field. I enjoy my subject and wanted to share this with others. I also enjoy working with children, each day is a completely new day- it is exciting to be a part of.

Training

I decided to join The Solent SCITT, which was based at Park Community School, because of how welcoming and supportive I knew the school and its staff to already be from my time as a TA.

Future aspirations

I am an NQT now working as a Humanities teacher at Park Community School. I am thoroughly enjoying my time here. I hope to continue my time at this school in this department and progress further, contributing to the whole school.


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Sara Wareham, Design and Technology Teacher

Sara Wareham - Design & Technology Teacher

"Completing my teacher training through The Solent SCITT was the best decision I have made for my career and it has changed my life, and me as a person, completely. I have made friends for life and know that the SCITT team are always there should I need any help or advice."

My Background

Before getting into teaching, I studied Graphic Design at University and worked for an IT company. It became clear that an office job wasn’t for me and I started to think about what I wanted to do for a career, rather than a job.

Why I wanted to teach

I wanted to become a teacher for many reasons. I wanted to challenge myself, to share my love of learning, do something meaningful with my career and to, hopefully one day, make students believe in themselves the way my school teachers did for me.

Training

The training through The Solent SCITT was fantastic. It was great to hit the ground running and get into my placement school much earlier than if I had gone through a University PGCE route.

The SCITT team throughout the whole year were so supportive and encouraging and always there if I had any concerns or needed extra guidance. There were some points in my training year that were tough to get through and it was with the help of the SCITT team that I got through those.

Future aspirations

I am now working at The Weald School in Billingshurst as a Product Design teacher, teaching KS3, 4 and 5. I also teach Personal Development to Year 7, run an electronics club and work with another member of staff as a co-tutor. My future aspirations are to gradually take on more responsibilities within my department over the next few years, then moving on towards one day being head of department and into senior leadership later in my career.