I was equipped with the relevant knowledge and experience to help me gain my first teaching job.
Rebecca Austerfield is a 2015 Primary Education graduate and Primary School Teacher. Rebecca had dreamed of being a teacher since she was seven years old and, fifteen years later, she started her career at the very same school where those dreams began.
Keen to pass on her positivity to Leeds Trinity trainees who are about to enter the profession, Rebecca contacted us recently to share My Teaching Journey 2016, a blog she had created to document what she'd learnt in her first year of her teaching career. A fascinating insight into teaching through the eyes of a newly qualified teacher, the blog shares everything from Rebecca's experiences with English Language Learners, to the concept of differentiation in classrooms.
We caught up with Rebecca to find out a bit more about the blog and her time at Leeds Trinity.
What was the inspiration behind the blog?
I absolutely loved my Primary Education degree and I am now continuing that passion in my job as a Primary School Teacher. I created my blog
about teaching to encourage other young professionals to get into the profession. There is so much negativity surrounding teaching at the moment that I felt it was needed.
Tell us about your time at Leeds Trinity
I left Leeds Trinity University in July 2015 with a 'backpack full of experiences'. From the variation of modules, to the vast school placements, I was equipped with the relevant knowledge and experience to help me gain my first teaching job.
One of my favourite experiences was the two-week alternative setting placement I completed in my second year at a special needs school for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities. I then continued to teach English as an additional language to children in Poland for two weeks at an English and Sport Summer Camp. The University allowed me to do this through a link that has been well established over the years, and the experience allowed me to increase my confidence in teaching children with EAL whilst also exploring Poland and the Czech Republic.
These are just a handful of the experiences that Leeds Trinity gave me through its strong Primary Education course, which allowed me to complete my course with a 2:1 degree and get a job as a Primary School Teacher at my previous junior school.