Have you considered teaching and not sure that it’s the right career choice for you?
A question that Economics and Finance Undergraduate (and part of the Uni Quidditch team) at the University of Southampton Sam Spencer had asked himself frequently.
Sam then took part in the Wildern STEM Partnership Paid Internship for Teaching, which confirmed his decision to train to teach.
Sam, a keen sportsman, had always been interested in teaching and worked with children in school holidays and weekends, as a sailing coach. The internship was a great way to gain experience in a school to inform his decision.
The internship is paid (£300 per week) and is very varied. There is never a dull day, which gives a great insight into teaching. Sam provides here an insight into his working week, “We received induction training and training on other aspects of teaching. We spent time with pupils, initially supporting teachers in the classroom and working with small groups of pupils, building up to some teaching towards the end of the internship. This was optional, but I felt confident enough after a few weeks to at least give it a go! We were also attached to a tutor group, so that we could gain insight into the pastoral role. I supported extra-curricular clubs such as the school STEM club, sports clubs and helped out during sports day. As a group of interns we carried out a small research project which we presented as a group during our final week. This was to engage us with research prior to applying to a teacher training programme. The internship lasted four weeks, but was flexible. For example, I had a commitment elsewhere for a few days and so I made up those few days at the end of the four weeks.”
Following the completion of his Maths Internship for teaching last summer, Sam has now applied to the Wildern Partnership SCITT, has been accepted onto the Maths PGCE programme and is completing his final year at Uni, as well as a Maths subject knowledge enhancement and really looking forward to getting started in September 2019, as a trainee teacher.