"The School Direct programme at Beckfoot is both nurturing and challenging. I was given every opportunity to succeed in all areas of teaching: from the practical classroom pedagogy to networking and professional development. There is an atmosphere of excitement and enthusiasm at every Beckfoot school; not only do people enjoy working there, they are passionate about the Trust and encouraging to anyone who wants to know more. I couldn’t have imagined when I first interviewed for the programme last year that I would be graduating as an Outstanding trainee and go on to work at a Beckfoot school. It was a life-changing experience."
Sarah, ITT English 2017-18
"The Beckfoot School Direct programme provided me with an opportunity to train as a teacher in an environment that provides outstanding comprehensive education. The programme was predominantly school based and allowed me to train at schools across the Beckfoot Trust. Throughout my Initial Teacher Training (ITT) year I obtained fantastic support from Beckfoot, Leeds Trinity and the network of ITT students who were part of the programme. Following successful completion of my ITT I was appointed as a Teacher at Beckfoot. The support that I obtained in my ITT year continued as I joined the NQT programme. This programme has enabled me to further develop my teaching through collaborating with colleagues in Beckfoot and joining CPD events that have been led by colleagues from the wider Beckfoot Trust. "
Claire, ITT Geography 2016-17
"Before I decided to apply for a PGCE, I wanted to get some experience in how the everyday life of an MFL teacher looks like in a school in Bradford. I was offered to join the MFL faculty at Beckfoot School once a week to work with a lovely group of A-Level German students, as well as to observe a couple of lessons in KS3 and KS4. Having had the chance to gain the first-hand experience has definitely boosted my confidence in finally applying for a PGCE course. When I started to look further into the PGCE-route options, I realised that Beckfoot School offers a School Direct Programme via the Beckfoot Trust. For me, it was important that I will be able to spend as much time as possible in school, as I wanted to make sure that it will be as authentic as possible to a teacher´s everyday-life. Also, I wanted to ensure that the school I am working with follow an ethos which reflects my own vision for education – inclusive, focus on happiness of students and a lot of choices for individual learning journeys. Whilst working at Beckfoot School, I was impressed by the level of supported offered to students by staff, as well as the close collaboration of all colleagues within the faculty. That is how I decided to apply to the Beckfoot School Direct Programme – and so far, I absolutely do not regret my decision. The level of support I received from the Beckfoot Trust, especially from my former Beckfoot ITT coordinator and the MFL staff throughout the very busy year, has been amazing. I fully recommend applying to the Beckfoot School Direct Programme if you are looking for a reliable, supportive and enthusiastic training provider."
Alexandra, ITT MFL, 2017-18
Comments from our wonderful Mentors....
"Being an ITT mentor is a wonderful experience as it allows you to support trainee teachers as they embark on this wonderful career. Having the opportunity to help the development of new teachers is not only valuable for the ITT students, but is valuable to me as a mentor. There are countless new techniques and methods that I have gained from my own trainees which has helped better my teaching and learning."
Tayub, Teacher of Science
"Being a Mentor to ITT students is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. The trainees do all of the hard work but it is fantastic to share their journey with them; I love hearing about what brilliant lessons they've just taught or how they've just connected with a particularly difficult child. Essentially, I love seeing the transition from timid trainee to a confident teacher who has no limits - it really is incredible. Furthermore, I really enjoy learning fresh an exciting ways of delivering a topic; being an ITT Mentor certainly keeps me on my toes and I love it! "
Joanne, Teacher of English
"Becoming a mentor has been a truly enriching experience. It has developed my own skill set and brought back memories of what it was like to teach for the first time! It was a pleasure to see someone grow in confidence and progress their own teaching. The time put into as a mentor is rewarding, especially when the advice is taken on board and has a positive impact on future lessons."
James, Teacher of PE
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