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Declan Poulton

My decision to train to teach with Stockton SCITT programme was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has been fascinating, rewarding and every day has been a challenge. I was concerned about going back into training at the age of 31 but I was not the oldest on the course! There were a variety of people, all with individual talents. The workload has been intense but the rewards of teaching far outweigh this. I now go to work each day with a smile on my face and look forward to teaching and being part of a team.

The SCITT training programme completely prepared me for my NQT year. Throughout my three placements, I experienced a wealth of different situations and gained vast teaching experience. I was given the opportunity to work with and learn from some fantastic practitioners. The SCITT programme was structured in such a way that I would learn the theory and then have the opportunity to put it into practise. The training also gave me experiences, which allowed me to feel fully prepared for interviews for a teaching position. The support structure was fantastic. I was very clear on the line of support available to me and I felt I could draw on it where necessary. I had supportive tutors who were always happy to help, the staff within the partnership were always available to answer any questions and I built some great relationships with the team which I’m sure I will continue to draw upon in my career.

Follow your dreams and ambitions. You will receive all of the help and support you need and if you give it 100% you will reap the rewards. My only regret is not completing my training earlier!

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