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Steve Hamlen - Primary trainee

Year of study


Tell us about your route into teaching...

I was a journalist for around 20 years before applying to become a primary school teacher. After university I had two choices in my mind - journalism or teaching. I moved into the former after being accepted on a newspaper journalism post-graduate course before getting my rst job as a reporter with the North London Advertiser. After a year, I took a job writing about the oil and gas industry for another magazine, which allowed me to travel to some lovely and remote parts of the world. Although I thoroughly enjoyed nearly two decades in that industry, I knew I was ready for a change.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I had considered teaching when I was younger and having two young girls reminded me how much I enjoyed spending time with young people. So at 47, I decided now was the time to act. With both my girls at school, the timing was perfect for me. It meant I would have the time to give it my all and, having chunks of the school holidays free to spend time with the girls is a bonus I look forward too. I can already see many positives from my new career choice. Armed with my life experiences, I feel I am entering this new world with my eyes open and I am filled with excitement because being in the classroom is one of the best feelings I have ever felt in a working environment.

Why did you choose Shotton Hall SCITT?

I was first drawn to Shotton Hall SCITT because it was close to my home! But when I researched it, I realised it is an excellent centre to learn the craft of teaching. The course suited me because the majority of time is spent in schools either observing, teaching or attending course sessions to enhance subject knowledge. I know this hands-on approach will prepare me for the classroom in the best possible way.

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

Teaching is a full-on career that you must want to do for the right reasons. The prime one for me is caring. Wanting to make a difference to the lives of young people is a cliché, but one that rings true so far in my experience.

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

Meeting the pupils and teachers at my first five week placement was a major highlight. The children were great, they were full of life and questions. My course mates are also a lovely bunch, we work well together and we support each other.


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