Myles Hubbard - Primary trainee
Year of study
What were you doing before SCITT?
Before starting the SCITT course in September 2020 I was a sports coach. I worked in many primary schools across the North East. I led breakfast clubs, curricular PE, after school clubs and tea clubs.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
From my previous job I found that I really enjoyed working with children and having a positive impact on their lives. Teaching is something I always had in the back of mind as a potential career path to take later down the line. The thought of bettering children’s lives struck a positive chord with me and it was a career I really wanted to pursue.
Why did you choose Shotton Hall SCITT?
I spoke to a headteacher in one of the primary schools I used to work in. He asked if I had ever considered becoming a teacher and thought I would make a great candidate. So, he put me in touch with the team at Shotton Hall SCITT and I’ve never looked back.
What would you say to anyone thinking of teaching?
If you are considering a career in teaching then I would highly recommend you give it a shot and go for it! I am so pleased I followed up my opportunity to train with Shotton Hall SCITT as I have loved every minute of it so far. Teaching, in my opinion, is one of the most rewarding careers you could ever have. Seeing children blossom and prosper as young people throughout their education/life and knowing you have contributed to that in some way is like no other feeling.
What has been your favourite part of training so far?
I would have to say the most enjoyable parts of training for me are the training days; whether that was face to face or in the current climate, virtually. It is a great opportunity to learn and grow as a new teacher and being able to share thoughts and ideas with other trainees in your cohort improves you immensely. I’d also say the teaching placements are an invaluable experience as they show you what the life of a teacher is really like and you’re given the opportunity to teach yourself. In addition to that you get to meet the children of the school you are working in and that for me is the best part!
How does teaching differ from your previous career?
Teacher training is very structured in its approach to development and improving you as a teacher. It is very interesting in that it teaches you how teachers teach (pedagogy), and the most effective ways children learn. It is a very helpful and supportive environment and always has the trainees’ best interests at heart.
Do you have any tips or advice for potential trainees?
Come into this training with an open mind and a positive/can do attitude.
Be organised and plan how you will manage your workload/time, making sure you have a good balance.
Always ask questions if you are curious about something or simply do not understand/know a certain aspect of training. We are always told by our tutors that no question is a silly question!
Try and engage in as much of the training as possible whether that be face to face or virtually. Favourite quote of mine - ‘There is no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone’.
Never take constructive criticism personally especially during your time in placement. Your mentor and SCITT tutors are there to support you and want to see you succeed as a teacher.