Harry Leigh Science with Biology
Definitely choose Leeds SCITT. Teaching is about teaching! I didn’t want to sit in lectures listening to someone tell you how to teach. Leeds SCITT gives you the opportunity to practice from day one, which is essential in preparation for the job!
Leeds SCITT, the best teaching experience! - Harry Leigh, Science with Biology, 2016
Here are Harry's thoughts on the Leeds SCITT Course:
1.Why did you choose Leeds SCITT?
I chose Leeds SCITT because of the great reputation for developing outstanding teachers. I was working as a TA when deciding where to apply and everyone I spoke to highly recommended the course. On Leeds SCITT you get school experience from day 1 which was ideal for me having previously been working in a school. The course has great relationships with local schools so the support and communication you get through the course is fantastic. I feel fully prepared for life as an NQT.
2.What are your career ambitions for the next five years?
Over the next few years I want to concentrate on becoming the best teacher I can be, through updating ideas and resources to keep things fresh. I have an interest in the pastoral side of teaching so it would be great to get experience with a progress leader or head of house.
3.What have you enjoyed most about your time on the course?
I have really enjoyed all aspects of the course! You gain lots of experience in school throughout the course which prepares you well for the NQT year. The course is tailored to the individual so you can progress at your own pace. Stage 1 is a good time to get to know others in your subject area, develop your subject knowledge and build a bank of teaching resources. The support from all staff linked with Leeds SCITT has been amazing and although the course is challenging, there is always someone who can offer advice.
4.What are the unique selling points about Leeds SCITT?
Leeds SCITT gives you school experience from day 1, with loads of exposure to outstanding teaching. The resources and teaching strategies shared are current, which help you to provide interesting and engaging lessons for students. The course is split into 3 stages, which helps you to see how far you have progressed from the beginning. Stage 1 gives you chance to develop subject knowledge and learn about SEND support, all whilst gaining valuable experience in the classroom. Stages 2 and 3 are focused on improving your teaching practice. The SEB completed in stages 2 and 3 encourages self-reflection and prepares you for the NQT year by assessing you against the teacher standards. There is also the opportunity to gain masters credits and the two assignments are relevant to the work you do in the classroom. I learnt a lot through doing the masters assignments and have implemented these strategies in my lessons.
5. What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
Outside work I love football and cycling. Both help me to take my mind off teaching, as the PGCE is a busy year and it’s important to switch off from time to time!