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Michael Craven

Michael Craven

Strategic Numeracy Co-ordinator and Teacher of Mathematics at Bingley Grammar School

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Biography

​What made you choose to attend Leeds Trinity and what are your best memories from your time with us?

Leeds Trinity have an excellent reputation across schools in the local area for providing the best support for anyone interested in doing their PGCE and so when I decided to change career, Leeds Trinity was my first choice.

How do you feel your time at Leeds Trinity has supported you in your career and life more generally? 

The PGCE program manages to provide the correct level of challenge and support to enable trainee teachers to prepare for their NQT year.  The work load may be greater than some other providers however this helps make the transition into full time teaching easier and is one of the reasons that schools' have such a high opinion of Leeds Trinity PGCE Graduates.  


What is the most enjoyable aspect of being a Teacher and what have been the highlights in your career so far? 

The most enjoyable aspect about being a teacher is seeing the progress of my pupils and, although it may seem ridiculous, enjoy their maths lessons.  The highlight of my career so far was my first results day, seeing the hard work of the students and the department paying off and being a part of the celebrations.
 

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about becoming a Teacher?

Try to get some experience in schools before you apply for your PGCE as it is not like any other job I have experienced, if you like what you see then you just might have found the most rewarding job there is!


What one piece of advice would you give to our current Education students who are about to become NQT's?

Continue to reflect on your lessons as no one gets every lesson perfect, the key is picking yourself up and doing it better next time!