Ameera: School Direct @Exeter
My own experiences as a student are my main motivations for training to be a teacher. I've seen the positive impact teachers can have on young people's lives, both in terms of academic success and general wellbeing. As well as being able to share my passion for languages, I want a career that's challenging, varied and makes a difference to people's lives and teaching offers all of those things. I chose to train with WCTSA because of its excellent reputation for teacher training. When I came to visit Uffculme School, everyone I met was very welcoming and there's a really nice community feel.
I chose School Direct @Exeter because it provides a nice balance between the standard PGCE and the School Direct distance route. It gave me the opportunity to spend time in my training school right from the beginning of the school year and also to spend a term at the University learning from the expertise of my subject tutors as well as getting to know other trainees.
Matt: School Direct Distance
I was inspired to teach by the opportunity to be able to work in an environment that is fun, constantly changing and challenging, yet rewarding. No hour or class is ever the same. I chose School Direct Distance as the ability to learn hands on in the classroom was something that appealed to me. I chose WCTSA because of its high reputation in the South West. All of the support that I am receiving is superb and the staff are extremely friendly.
Tasha: School Direct Distance
Working in the design industry influenced my decision to teach as I was constantly seeing how aspects of my job were relevant in education. I want to share my knowledge through teaching and inspire students to look at the world differently, challenging opinions and solving problems through design. I chose the School Direct Distance route because I wanted to be in the classroom from the start and chose to do this through WCTSA due to the great reputation of the Alliance and its partnership with other schools.
Greg: School Direct @Exeter
My inspiration to teach came from working as a multi-sports after school coach; by becoming a teacher I want to inspire the next generation. School Direct gives you a more personal experience to train as a teacher and provides a sense of belonging that you may not find on a main stream University lead course. With School Direct you can be flexible too, by opting for distance or University based training, depending on your circumstances.
WCTSA have been instrumental in preparing me for the University term: I completed classroom demonstrations and teacher standards training before I even set foot in a lecture theatre. I thought it was too good to be true when I realised I could train so close to home. I have WCTSA to thank for this opportunity and I am excited about what the future will bring.
Vicki: School Direct @Exeter
I was lucky enough to be offered places by three training providers, but I decided to choose WCTSA for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because they seemed the most interested in getting to know me as an individual, and due to my level of previous experience, recommended that I follow the @Exeter School Direct route even though I was originally interested in the Distance route. I’m so glad I took their advice; my first few weeks at Exeter University have been amazing. The workload is very demanding but the format and content is brilliant. I already feel very prepared and more than ready for my first school placement. Other reasons for choosing WCTSA are that I get to undertake one of my school placements at Uffculme School which is an Outstanding rated school, and the course is accredited by Exeter University, which has one of the most respected reputations for teacher training in the UK.