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Beth Graham - Chemistry trainee

Year of study


Tell us about your route into teaching...

Prior to teaching, I worked in two chemical industry based labs. These jobs appeal to some people, especially those who just want to do the work, collect the pay cheque and go home. But, I wanted more than that. I started to think about teaching after a few years working in industry so I checked out the Get Into Teaching website. After showing an interest and leaving my details, they rang to talk about the different teaching routes available and what I think would suit me. They asked if I would like to spend a day at The Academy at Shotton Hall and from that visit, my mind was made up.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

A number of things have inspired me to become a teacher: memories of amazing teachers from when I was at school and how they impacted me; having several members of my family working in education; wanting to make a difference to a child’s life and making their experience at school memorable.

Why did you choose Shotton Hall SCITT?

The team at Shotton Hall SCITT are wonderful! Being in a school environment while training has proven very worthy as a teacher in training. Also, the constant supply of cookies definitely helps!

What would you say to anyone else thinking of becoming a teacher?

Training to become a teacher takes real drive and dedication, it is not something I would go into half-heartedly. However, if you want to help create dreams, build up confidence and help children realise their potential, then teaching is the job for you. For me, it is the most rewarding and fulfilling career available.

What has been your best part of your training so far?

The teaching profession is full of wonderful, friendly people who all have the same aim; to help children succeed in life. So the best part so far, for me, has been meeting these types of people and learning from the very best of them.

How does teacher training differ from your previous career?

Teaching, though it famously demands working out-of-hours, is a wonderful profession, as you are greeted with something completely different everyday and you get to see the impact you have made in a child’s life. My previous career couldn’t have been more different.


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