14 March 2016

Trainee teacher Kelly McCall

Kelly McCall, Completing her Post Graduate Certificate in Maths Education within the ATLP

There’s nothing better than planning how to teach and support students in different ways, then actually having that student that you’ve sat with and attempted to explain things to say: ‘yes miss, I’ve got it’.”

Kelly, who is Mum to Louie, eight and Jake, five, first became aware of the option to train as a teacher within her local area after talking to other local mums who spoke favourably about their child’s education.

After attending a train to teach open day at the ICC, Kelly then took part in the School’s Experience programme which enabled her to gain experience within the school. The school were very flexible with times to fit in with Kelly’s job at the time and her childcare commitments. From this she continued to meet with the Maths subject route leader and teaching schools team who were able to discuss and support Kelly’s training needs.

Prior to teaching, Kelly worked as an employment advisor for nine years. Kelly has now secured a job teaching Maths within Arthur Terry once she gains her qualified teaching status. However, she recognises how she would benefit from the newly launched part time route that enables people to train and gain Qualified Teaching Status through a longer more flexible route. This will enable people who are working to complete the course via a 1 – 3 days a week route over 2/3 years rather than the full time yearlong route.

Kelly has recognised how, as a mother, she has felt prepared for the course. She said:

It’s worked extremely well training through the Arthur Terry partnership. It’s local and school holidays do not affect childcare. I have been supported by placements close to my home so I can pick up children from after school club and by working with teachers who closely support my development.”

Kelly added:

Although the workload is intense, you can find time for your family. As a parent you get used to not having much time for yourself and giving time to someone else but we still have a day just for family time.”

Kelly feels that the nature of training within a schools based training environment, as opposed to a traditional university placement, has enabled her to develop her confidence and knowledge in understanding how to support and stretch students, so that they can progress further. After spending each Friday working with other Specialist Maths leaders and having that peer-to-peer support with her fellow training teachers and subject route leaders, Kelly feels she has benefitted from training via this route.

She said:

There’s nothing better than planning how to teach and support students in different ways, then actually having that student that you’ve sat with and attempted to explain things to say: ‘yes miss, I’ve got it’.”