These are testimonials from some of our recent GT Programme Graduates (this course is now run as School Direct Salaried).
Jade Boddy – GTP 2012-2013 Business Studies
The GTP course at Southfields Academy met and exceeded my expectations. The way the course was run has ensured that I started my NQT with all the skills I need to move on in my teaching career. We were delivered sessions by experts in that particular field who were not only there on the day but contactable at any point during and after the course. the sessions also gave us a sense of community with the fello GTPs who were an invaluable support network in the harder times.
The course is the most challenging learning curve I’ve ever embarked upon. It would have been impossible to reach the end of it were it not for the amazing support of my mentor, team members, course leaders and the other teachers at Southfields, most of which have come through the GTP route. In fact, the whole school has a very supportive ethos towards trainee teachers.
I believe there is no better place to train as a teacher. The mixture of the challenging nature of some of the students and the huge amount of support make it an invaluable experience. I decided to stay at Southfields Academy for my NQT year and hopefully beyond that as the support I’ve received is second to none.
Melanie Cunnane – GTP 2012-2013 English
I feel very lucky to have trained at Southfields. I had the opportunity to learn from excellent teachers – both through observation and formal instruction – and was able to get involved with teaching classes from day one. The course was tailored to my own needs through regular meetings with my mentor, and the core sessions provided innovative ideas as well as theoretical perspectives. Throughout the year, I felt fully supported by the English department and the teaching school. I would highly recommend training at Southfields!
Daniel Brummell – GTP 2012-2013 Geography
Completing the GTP at Southfields has been my proudest achievement. The training is delivered by passionate experts and you have the chance to put what you have learnt into practice in a challenging environment. The support I received was fantastic, both from my mentor and all other members of staff (most of whom seem to have been through the same programme!). I jumped at the chance to do my NQT year here and I believe that my experience at Southfields has provided me with a solid foundation on which to build a successful teaching career.
Thomas Gartrell – GTP 2012-2013 – Science
The GTP at Southfields allows you to gain on the job experience of teaching in an inclusive school. You will learn to differentiate for the learning needs of students, focusing lessons and activities for those with reading difficulties, English as a second language, and various Sepcial Educational Needs, as well as challenging those of higher ability. Teaching at Southfields for a full year allows you to build good working relationships with the students. When students see you back in school after a holiday, they see you as a more permanent fixture (a “proper” teacher), overcoming various behaviour management difficulties and building greater trust that allows increased focus on real learning.