Train to Teach
When I first started training to be a teacher, I was apprehensive about the huge responsibility of teaching students effectively whilst also learning on the job. What makes the teaching school at Stour Vale so special is the invaluable support it offered me throughout the whole year. Subject mentors commit to offering quality feedback after every lesson, advice on how to progress further whilst gradually giving you more time to teach independently in readiness for your NQT. Meanwhile, meaningful weekly training sessions prepared me for all aspects of school life and a time to share and reflect with other trainees. Above all, I am most grateful for the freedom I was given to try all manner of techniques in the classroom that allowed me to find and develop my own teaching style. No matter your specialisation, all subject departments at Redhill make you feel a valued member of the team!
The course surpassed my expectations and I have no regrets about choosing the School Direct route through Stour Vale; it has fully prepared me to begin teaching and made me confident in my ability to do so. The School Direct route has offered extensive support both within the school and at university and has allowed me to experience every aspect of school life.
After meeting both in person and at get into teaching events, I found that what was on offer really suited me and felt wanted in the conversations. I like the schools within the Stour Vale partnership and the layout of the programme. It all seemed to suit me perfectly for what I was looking for. I am currently really enjoying all aspects so my initial choice was the correct one!
I already knew of the wonderful reputation of Stour Vale when I had first started looking into courses (2019). I preferred the personal and warm approach that the staff at Stour Vale took; it felt like they would care for my individual progress as a teacher. I had also asked a number of newer teachers of their training experiences in the local area, and Stour Vale were recommended and held in high regard by all former Stour Vale trainees I spoke to. It was also great that they are local and have links with local schools.
As an ex-pupil, my expectations of the teaching school were very high. Most significant to development, and what I feel makes this teaching school outstanding, is the level of support offered to trainees. Whether this be the constant care and attention of a mentor, or just a quick tip off the head.
I chose Stour Vale because it is an intimate school-based route to teaching. You learn a lot more skills being in school and gain more experience to build confidence in the classroom.
|I chose Stour Vale for a number of reasons. Firstly, the course suited my needs and requirements. Secondly, they were very welcoming when I called to learn more about the course. Finally, when I went for my interview I was again made to feel very welcome and I was given great feedback. I felt that the course provided by Stour Vale would be the best fit for me and I have to say they have done a great job during the pandemic this year.|