October 2022

My first few weeks as a trainee teacher


My first few weeks as a trainee teacher

As I write this we have just completed our fourth week in school. A whole month under our belt as trainee teachers.

This month has been a wonderful introduction into teaching, confirming that this is the path for me.

Being school based has exposed me to a variety of experiences, some surprising, some successful but nothing can compare to the support I have received.


Like many trainee teachers, I chose the SCITT route to get hands on. To learn inside the classroom and from real life examples. That being said, I had absolutely no idea how quickly I would feel part of the school and the department.

Being school based, having a team to work with and bounce ideas off has only improved my learning and subsequently the teaching I am doing this early on.

I am continuously surprised by the kindness I have received. I am receiving exactly what I want to be providing to my current and future students.


Which takes us seamlessly into how supported I feel in my current placement and the SCITT as a whole.

I would not describe myself as naturally confident, but the belief others have shown in me has made such an impact.

As a Design and Technology trainee, with a textile specialism, there have been so many opportunities for me to develop my resistant materials subject knowledge, which I am loving!

The tailored support and this personalized approach to my learning needs really can not go without being celebrated. I am very grateful for the emphasis put on my learning so far!


Before starting the training through The Basingstoke Alliance SCITT I really struggled celebrating my own successes. I honed in on the developmental but with the live coaching approach to training, I can acknowledge opportunities and enjoy the successful moments in a much healthier way.

My mentor, SCITTCo and training provider all share one common goal, to see us all do well and succeed in our new profession.

The beauty of being school based is that when I am finding something challenging, I do not have to look far to see excellent models. I see a constant reminder of why I want to teach and the impact teachers have.

Many of my key takeaways so far haven’t just been education based, they have been personal.

Ensuring a strong, resistant foundation to build a long lasting teaching career upon.


Coral Fowley – Design and Technology Trainee Teacher

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