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Katie Gledhill

Assistant Subject Leader for History at Beckfoot School

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Biography

What is your current Job title and which school do you work for?

I'm currently the Assistant Subject Leader for History at Beckfoot School


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

I chose Leeds Trinity because of its good reputation for teaching courses and due to the fact I could commute from home. 


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

Leeds trinity PGCE graduates are highly regarded by local schools. This benefitted me when it came to applying for jobs. The support I received by my subject mentor throughout all three stages was invaluable - she was always willing to reply to emails and as a cohort we felt supported 100%. The placements offered to me were great and different from each other which is important.
 

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

It is really easy to see the impact you are having on a daily basis. No day is ever the same and you are challenged on an hourly basis! The highlight so far has to be the first GCSE results day I went to - to see the faces of my students when they opened their envelopes was really very special. 


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

Get some experience in schools - try and get a job as a Teaching Assistant and see as many lessons as possible. That way you will really understand the demands of the job and you will be able to work out if it's the job for you! Plus it will give you something to talk about at interview. 

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

Make sure you spend the summer relaxing! Don't over prepare for your classes - until you meet them and understand their needs there really is no point planning lots of lessons!