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Dale Burns - Primary trainee

Year of study


What were you doing before SCITT?

Before joining SCITT I was a structural detailer, using Telka to detail the steel framework for buildings in America including some buildings that are part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus and several American Football Stadia.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

It stemmed from my own experiences within school. During my time in primary school, I had an amazing teacher who was also the drama lead - that completely brought me out of my shell. I ended up singing solos and taking part in school plays which is something that I wouldn't have done without her.

Why did you choose North East SCITT?

I chose North East SCITT for the quality of the training they provide, the wealth of experience and knowledge of the staff and the experiences they can offer through a variety of placements. The proven track record they have with past trainees and the partnership with Durham University for the PGCE element was what helped me decide that North East SCITT was for me.

What would you say to someone considering teacher training?

Just do it, you won't regret it.

What has been your favourite part of training so far?

My favourite part of training so far has been meeting all my fellow trainees and forming the 'Primary SKITT Kats' group chat. The support, development and fun we have all experienced during training sessions have been fantastic, both in person and online during COVID-19 restrictions.

How does teacher training differ from your previous career?

I was in a job that was at a desk and provided no fulfilment, so I took the plunge. Now each day is unique. It is incredibly rewarding to be in an important part of the growth and development of each child's learning journey.

Do you have any tips or advice for potential trainees?

It will be challenging, mentally and physically at times but don't give up. It is so rewarding and you will be proud and amazed of the things you can and will achieve.


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