Every Thursday, all the Geography trainees meet up for a Subject Pathway session, where they compare notes, experiences and learn about the pedagogy of their subject.
“The pastoral support is really good.” explains trainee Simon Astry “Especially GITEP and this session that we have, it’s absolutely fantastic. Like our subject Leader Rebecca is so good at what she does and us being able to learn from her is really useful.
“I wanted to get into teaching because it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do and I’ve been inspired by my own geography teachers and I always wanted to do it at University and it was just then a natural step from there.
“I definitely had geography teachers at school that inspired me and I’m actually doing my training at my old school, so I’m able to work with the two teachers who taught me which is really useful, you get all their ideas and that keeps you motivated because you want to impress them.
“I wanted to teach geography because of my pure interest in the subject, I just think its a great thing to study, the options of field trips, the option to get outside and the fact that you see it everywhere. Being able to teach geography and enabling the kids to see that it is all around them and that everything they do is related, I just find it really interesting.
“If a child doesn’t understand or misses something, it can stretch over a few lessons. You can go on about something for a few lessons and then a kids like, ‘oh thats what you were on about last week’, and you’re like ‘yes! exactly!’. Its a nice feeling to know that I’ve helped them think in that way.