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Trainees Advice and Tips

Name:
Christina Birkett
School trained in:
Joy Lane Primary School
                                                                        
What advice can you give about applying for a School Direct place? Make sure it’s something you definitely want to commit to, as it is a really big commitment and there will be some amazing highs bit also some stressful lows. But then - go for it! Practise the skills tests so you are ready when you go and do them at the test centre.
What interview tips do you have? Plan. List all your experience and any questions you might want to ask and don’t want to forget in the pressure of the interview. Find out about the school, their ethos, behaviour strategies and latest Ofsted.
Be yourself.
What advice would you give about gaining work experience in a school prior to applying? Get as much experience as you can – this will all help you with your interview and be valuable experience to fall back on when you’re in the classroom.
What advice can you share about the Key Skills Tests? Practise as much as you can beforehand. Practise tests, with and without scaffolding, are available on the website.
What have been the benefits of training with EKLA? Learning by doing is very effective – you observe and experience so much over the year. The learning curve is very steep, though. I am about half-way through now and I can just about glimpse the edge of where I need to be but it can feel overwhelming at the beginning.
Additional comments: It’s an amazing experience and, for me, there have been far more highs than lows. I’m just as certain now that this is the right career for me as I was when I first applied. Joy Lane Primary School has been a wonderfully supportive and nurturing place to train, and I’d highly recommend them as a Teaching School.
Name:
Fay White
School trained in:
The Canterbury High School
               

What advice can you give about applying for a

School Direct place?

Know the schools you are applying for. Understand what is expected of you as school direct trainee from the schools and universities perspective. Look at all options available (salaried and unsalaried)
What interview tips do you have? Be professional, Be prepared, Ask questions, Be positive.
Be yourself.

What advice would you give about gaining work

experience in a school prior to applying?

Strongly recommend. Try for more than one day a week, over a least 3 terms. Go to as many different departments as well as your subject.
What advice can you share about the Key Skills Tests? Revise. Do as many practice tests as possible.
What have been the benefits of training with EKLA? Additional support. Extra training sessions.
Additional comments: None
Name:
Jack Hoskings
School trained in:
Canterbury Academy
                                                             
What advice can you give about applying for a School Direct place? I would definitely recommend applying for a schools direct placement. I believe that being in a school setting, seeing and applying how teaching is done first hand is the best way to ensure you learn the skills needed to be a teacher and make sure it is the job for you.
What interview tips do you have? Ensure you read up on the school that you are applying. Make sure that you prepare yourself for questions you think could be asked such as, Why do you want to be a teacher? And What do you think you could bring to the school as a person?
What advice would you give about gaining work experience in a school prior to applying? Having prior work experience is very beneficial as it won’t be as big of a shock to find out just what it entails to be a teacher, as well as, what it is like to be a class with so many children looking at you and depending on you.
What advice can you share about the Key Skills Tests? Make sure you do revision for these tests, it is surprising how much information you have forgotten since school without a recap and just how fast the time goes while in the tests. But, mostly just try to go into the tests relaxed with a clear head.
What have been the benefits of training with EKLA? EKLA provide a lot of support as well as training sessions on how to teach students of many differing needs such as, vulnerable groups, free school meals, special educational needs and English as an alternative language.
Additional comments: A benefit of the school direct placement also provides the opportunity to gain knowledge of how others schools run through an alternative placement for 15 days. As well as opportunities to see how the children transition from primary to secondary, with a placement at a primary school for a week (if doing secondary teaching).

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