WHAT THEY SAID
We pride ourselves on offering the best in teacher training but it's not just us that thinks so, read what our trainees said about their experience at SWTT...
LAURA MINTON - SWTT TRAINEE 2015/16
"I graduated with a degree in Forensic Science but ended up working in sales. I loved my job but wanted to put my degree to use and teaching offered an excellent opportunity to re-train.
SWTT appealed to me as it offered maximum time in the classroom and was a smaller cohort than other PGCE courses. I found going straight into the classroom daunting at first, but this was a massive advantage during interviews for teaching positions, as I had been teaching much longer than other PGCE students. The two placements were both excellent, and offered a good opportunity to settle into the schools and develop my practice with experienced teachers for support.
SWTT has prepared me well for my Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year; I am in my first term and really enjoying my new job. Having spent the majority of my PGCE in the classroom means I have more resources and experience teaching, which is really helping when managing my own laboratory."
RUTH PAVEY - SWTT TRAINEE 2013/14
"After completing a Master's degree in Physics at the University of Exeter and doing some further research within the field I decided I wanted to use my understanding and enthusiasm for the subject to encourage and inspire the younger generation of scientists.
I decided to take the SWTT route as a large percentage of the training year was spent in school; the involvement with placement schools began right at the beginning of the course, with theory sessions running alongside the placement days.
I thoroughly enjoyed my training year, learning new techniques, discovering new fun science demos, becoming a reflecting practitioner and learning how to have an inclusive classroom/laboratory. I am also very grateful for the support, advice and time all my mentors gave me. Resilience is definitely a skill that was worked on during the year!
I am now in my third year of teaching following my PGCE and am helping run the Duke of Edinburgh Award in the school, have completed a leadership course and am in the process of organising a science trip to Disneyland Paris!"
"I am extremely happy right now, this year has meant a huge amount to me."
"I have built a fantastic network of friends and colleagues."
"The final realisation of my dreams come true."
"One of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life, where I have learnt more than at any other time."
"It has helped me develop as a person as well as a teacher. I feel ready to be a teacher now."
"This year has changed my life for the better – simple as that!"
"This year has been an overwhelmingly positive period of my life – I loved it."
"I’ve finally trained for a job that I’m proud to do."
"My future, my career, outlook, ethos, aspirations – all are the result of SWTT teaching."
"Everything – it has set me up for a lifetime in my dream-career, I could not be more grateful!"
"I’ve had a lot of FUN!"