Alex trained with us last year and is now a NQT at Abbotswood Junior School in Totton . From a family of teachers, Alex has always been surrounded by teaching and developed a passion for the career from a young age. An ex- Wildern School pupil, Alex continued his education at Itchen College and then onto to the University of Plymouth to study Business Management. "I chose Primary teaching because I feel it is the perfect career for me. I enjoy spending the day with staff and children alike, seeing every child progress and knowing I’m making an impact on their development. No single day is the same! I was fully aware that my training year would mean a lot of hard work, determination and long days! But the Wildern Partnership SCITT has an amazing support network which allowed me to build the right relationships and feel supported every step of the way. The staff are really approachable and friendly and your fellow trainees become friends very quickly; primary and secondary trainees alike. It is a great environment to be a part of! Despite the obvious challenges, I’m loving my NQT year and feel lucky to be part of a really supportive school team.”

Alex Perkins - Primary Trainee 2019-20

Daisy, a primary trainee teacher with us last year, is now at her lead placement school as a NQT. An ex pupil of Oasis, Sholing and a Winchester University graduate, Childhood Youth and Community studies was the perfect grounding for Daisy. Reflecting on her year so far, Daisy shares “I am really enjoying my NQT year. It has been absolutely fantastic stepping up and having my own class. It has been challenging, especially under the circumstances of this past year, however, it is extremely rewarding and I am loving working full time as a teacher but still being supported very well from my NQT mentor.”

Daisy Green - Primary Trainee 2019-20

The whole team at the Wildern Partnership SCITT were immensely supportive at all times during my training. The course was rigorous and thorough, realistically preparing me for a career in teaching. Guest speakers to our training sessions and my school placements were of the highest quality. Now as an NQT, I am so grateful to the Wildern Partnership for the knowledge and skills they have given me, making the transition into my new school a positive experience.

Jane Price, Secondary Art & Design Trainee 2016-17

I chose to train to teach Computing because I feel that it is a pivotal subject in providing students with the skills that they will need for the future with the development of technology. Although I am not trained in Computer Science, being passionate about the subject and having a strong understanding of traditional ICT has helped me greatly as these skills are easily transferred and confidence in using technology is key to transferring this passion to students. My mentors at the Wildern Partnership have helped me to extensively develop my programming skills through bespoke training sessions - these have taken place in various settings and with partner schools. I found programming to be the most daunting part of the curriculum, but through decomposing 'programming' to the skills learnt and applied in lessons, I found that it really wasn't as complex as it initially seemed. I could not have chosen a better training provider to train to teach computing with than the Wildern Partnership because as a 'non-specialist' myself, I have developed my skills and subject knowledge from current outstanding teachers. This experience has prepared me for teaching the subject better as opposed to a traditional university-led route as my mentors are exceptionally aware of the everyday difficulties in delivering such a new subject and I have learnt from the student's perspective. This awareness has prepared me to approach teaching the subject in a new and innovative way and has enabled me to be a better teacher.

Gem Mabey, Secondary Computer Science Trainee 2016-17

The whole year was superbly well organised and delivered by a team who are absolutely amazing at what they do. I felt both supported and challenged throughout the year and always knew I could get useful advice when needed.

Rob Pickering, Secondary Physics Trainee 2016-17

Teaching is the most rewarding job out there! The more you put into your teaching, the more you see success within the children, which results in greater satisfaction and feeling of achievement felt by both teacher and pupil. Teaching Primary means I get to teach everything from English, Maths, PE to all of the other subjects. I learn such a lot too! The children are so much fun and I'm never bored and always challenged. No day is ever the same. I'm learning on the job with experts and by having the academic input weekly, it means that I can put theory into practice and reflect on this continuously. In schools surrounded by teachers with expert knowledge, guidance and advice on hand always, I'm able to try anything with a group of children under the careful guidance of my mentor. Training has been excellent. Each session is based on academic theory, but it's facilitated in a way that is engaging for us as adults and also models teaching styles. There's not a primary subject that I don't feel prepared to teach. We get to share ideas across phases with our secondary colleagues as well as across subjects.

Adam Middleton, Primary Trainee 2015-16

The hardest (mentally) but most organised and well facilitated programme. I would recommend the Wildern Partnership SCITT to anyone wanting to go into teaching.

Secondary Trainee 2015-16

Really great support and the tutors and team genuinely care about you as a person and not just academically.

Primary Trainee 2015-16

Really positive year the SCITT has prepared me well for my NQT year!

Primary Trainee 2015-16

The quality of training was superb and often bespoke to our needs. The Teacher Training year is intensive but the course facilitators are incredible and go out of their way to support us.

Secondary Trainee 2015-16

I have absolutely loved my time with the Wildern Partnership SCITT and will definitely recommend it. I can't thank the team enough for the amazing support and advice I have received.

Secondary Trainee 2015-16

A tough year that was a massive learning curve but has taught me to effectively teach - so a hugely successful training programme!

Secondary Trainee 2015-16

I think all the training has been delivered perfectly as it has demonstrated teaching techniques to us and also got us involved in the activities. All of the practitioners delivering our training have been 100% passionate about teaching and that is really inspiring for us.

Primary Trainee 2014-15

I cannot fault the support that I received from the Wildern Partnership SCITT. They were always there for advice or support and the training received was always very informative and useful. The hard work and organisation from the Team has been totally amazing and I knew that if I needed help or advice (at any hour of the day) they would be ready and willing to supply it. The Team regularly go above and beyond to support the Trainees and this has meant that a very challenging year has run smoothly.

Secondary Trainee 2014-15

I am very grateful to the Partnership for their programme – this has been the right way for me to train and I have had a hugely positive and valuable experience.

Secondary Trainee 2014-15