Stephane Hutchinson - Computing trainee
Year of study
What were you doing before SCITT?
After gaining my degree in ICT in 2016, I worked in the motor trade as a car salesman.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
Being a teacher was the career I always wanted from being in school as a pupil myself, I had great a relationship with my ICT teacher who inspired me to teach the subject myself. I really wanted a career where I could have a positive impact on people's lives and share my passion for my subject, teaching them skills which they will use for the rest of their lives.
Why did you choose North East SCITT?
When looking for teacher training, North East SCITT really stood out from the crowd. It has a great reputation and is an Outstanding ITT provider. When I was initially looking for teacher training, I had some questions which Kay and Leanne were very quick to respond to and really put my mind at ease. During the interview process I was very relaxed and was kept very well informed throughout the process. In the end it was a no-brainer for me to choose North East SCITT.
What would you say to anyone thinking of teaching?
I wish I had done it years ago! It is incredibly rewarding but its by no means easy, there are highs and lows of training, but the highs are worth every second of it. The SCITT team are highly experienced and are very supportive.
What has been your favourite part of training so far?
My second placement has been my favourite part. It's been great to act upon feedback and apply the knowledge from core training. I get a real buzz from teaching, especially when the students enjoy the lesson and learn something which I taught them.
How does teaching differ from your previous career?
Having been in a sales background for six years, teaching is completely different. Teaching is a far more rewarding career and I have the opportunity to be creative when planning lessons.
Do you have any tips or advice for potential trainees?
Don’t panic about anything, the SCITT team keep you informed along the way.
Secondly, ask lots of questions as the experience which is shared with you is invaluable. Finally, keep positive, there are some tough days, especially when you first start teaching, but don’t take it personally. It can be intense and there is a lot to learn but the SCITT team are always on hand to help what ever the situation.