Current Trainee Teacher – Hafeez Rehman – Secondary Biology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to become a teacher whilst I was completing my degree in Biology. During my final year at University I was looking to get some experience at a school so I could support my application for teacher training. That is when I came across the Manchester Nexus SCITT website and booked myself onto a taster day. I was very impressed with the core values expressed on the day and the fact that I could be in a school at the very start of the academic year was exactly what I wanted. I knew then that I wanted to train with Manchester Nexus SCITT.

Despite the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, I felt really supported by the SCITT team, even before I started my first placement in September. When I arrived at my first placement, I was welcomed as a member of staff, I enjoyed being able to be getting involved in lessons at a pace that was suitable for me. The contrasting placement has definitely helped with improving my teaching practice. I am forever grateful for both Science departments for their advice. The professional and subject mentors were very helpful and have been key for my progress as a teacher.

Being able to share my knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for Science to help improve the life chances of my students was the reason I became a teacher. I have been able to do that during my experience with the SCITT. I am so glad that I made the decision to train with Manchester Nexus after that taster day. I love being immersed in the school environment and the network of other trainees has been fantastic. They have definitely helped me become the best teacher that I could possibly be.

Manchester Nexus -a mentor’s message

 

Mr Casey, Politics Teacher and Subject Mentor

My role as a mentor is extremely rewarding and enables me to give back to the profession. An opportunity I have found to be invaluable. It helps me to reflect constantly on my own pedagogy and keep abreast of the changing landscape of teaching, as well as uncover new innovative ways to ensure that our students receive a first-class education. The support and community we operate under at the Manchester NEXUS is exceptional and I am proud to be a key part of it.

Manchester Nexus – a mentor’s message

Catherine Woodward – Professional Mentor – Secondary

(Used to be an MFL subject mentor)

Last year, I loved being a subject mentor as I was constantly challenged and innovated by my trainee. I really enjoyed having professional discussions and watching her develop and flourish throughout the year. At a time when teaching is constantly being undermined and there is an increasing lack of new colleagues entering a career in teaching, it is a privilege to help shape and guide trainees on their journey to become the next generation of teachers, who instil the joy of learning in our pupils. I was so inspired by my role as a subject mentor that this year I am now a professional mentor and have the honour of challenging and inspiring trainees in a range of subject areas across the school.



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