Charlotte Quinn – Secondary Maths trainee
I know it sounds very cliché but ever since I was very little, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. At first it was because of how cool it was to write on a whiteboard, and I loved being at school so the idea of being there every day for my job was like a dream come true. As I got older, I started to see teaching wasn’t just about whiteboards and registers and it became the career I wanted because I could give back all the opportunities my teachers gave me. I could impart my knowledge and love of maths to the younger generations. I could be the person that helped someone understand complex topics, guide pupils over academic barriers and see those lightbulb moments when something finally clicks.
As I researched how I wanted to do my training, a SCITT programme jumped out as the best way to learn to do all these things and Manchester Nexus was definitely the place for me! With this course I can become a part of school life just as the academic year starts, as well as gaining the PGCE – this was something I was certain I wanted to do and the SCITT programme gives me the best of both. Having only been immersed in the programme for 1 week, I know I made the right choice. I was welcomed with open arms, already feel part of the staff and know I have the support network to become the best teacher I can be. In the coming year I am excited to get stuck in both with the academic and extra-curricular elements of school life, observe some masters of the teaching craft and finally start the journey into the career I’ve been set on for many, many years.