What our trainee teachers and NQTs say about us…
"During our sessions we were able to explore different aspects of teaching and learning and see the theory in practice during our observations of lessons.
The school provided us with an opportunity to have a mock interview. We were taught skills and took the time to consider questions we would be asked at interview. This was an excellent opportunity to get an idea of what schools really looked for in candidates."
"The Alliance days at Kenilworth school have been extremely helpful and informative. There has been plenty of variety, from observing outstanding lessons across a range of subjects both in the classroom and in the training room to practical lectures on tracking pupil data. I found observing actual lessons on these training days very useful as well as being able to speak directly to the pupils to hear their views and expectations.
Observing science, textile and English lessons have all offered a fantastic insight into behaviour management, assessment and progress. These days were well structured, with time in the afternoon to catch up on PDPs or to exchange stories with other trainees from different schools and subjects."
"The training offered at Kenilworth has given me an excellent start in teaching. I have had the opportunity to develop my skills in a supportive department, with a Subject Mentor and staff that are willing to help wherever possible.
The school ethos is to promote reflection, resilience, resourcefulness and responsibility in the pupils and, as a trainee, I feel like I have also developed in these areas. The year has been hard work, challenging every day, but the progress I have made since the start has been very much shaped by the positive learning environment at Kenilworth."
"My training year at Kenilworth School has been an extremely positive and rewarding experience, where there was fantastic support within the partnership. My subject mentor was extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and the encouragement and enthusiasm offered was outstanding. I was regularly encouraged to reflect on my progress to date and set relevant targets to further my development. We also attended training sessions after school which were beneficial in linking the theory that we learned at University to the practice that we were delivering at school."
"Due to the nature of the training course being based in school, I felt like a trusted member of staff from a very early stage. I was fully supported by staff in my placement school and in the wider Alliance, and I felt that I was able to ask questions freely. The Alliance training days were tailored to the stages we were at in our training, and I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with my fellow trainees and discuss our progress. I was encouraged to reflect regularly on my progress and set targets, and so by the end of my training I felt fully prepared to begin life as an NQT."
"The support and training provided by Kenilworth and Campion has been fantastic over this last year as a school direct Physics trainee. By applying through school direct rather than core I could choose which school I wanted to train at. The mixture of 4 days at school, and 1 day at university has been a great way to learn on the job and also spend time focusing on more academic topics. The course is hard work, but rewarding, with resilience being one characteristic many of the trainees have buckets of. I would definitely recommend the partnership and Warwick university as a place to study."
"Through taking the School Direct Trainee route at Kenilworth School, I have had support that has gone above and beyond. My Subject Mentor has been fantastic, organised and approachable at all times, and the meetings within the Alliance days and training evenings by the Professional mentor have been extremely informative and supportive. It has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences that I have ever had. The school’s ethos of responsibility, resilience, resourcefulness, reflection and reasoning have encouraged me to push myself further, and constantly reflect on my own teaching practice."
"The Schools Direct training route at Kenilworth School allowed me to take on the responsibility for classes early on in my training and this matched well with my expectations and ambitions for a challenge. The mentor system and friendly ethos around the school meant that I received excellent support from knowledgeable and experienced teachers and I was able to quickly develop and improve my teaching practice. I found that it was imperative to show resilience and maintain a growth mind-set in order to overcome the challenges that I was faced with throughout the year. Additionally a willingness to listen to feedback and to reflect on my own practice has given me the skills to be able to continuously adapt my teaching to the needs of students.
It has been both rewarding and enjoyable to have played a part in inspiring and motivating students to achieve their goals and ambitions. I have enjoyed building professional relationships with staff and students and look forward to using the skills and experiences gained over the past year to become a better teacher in the years to come.