Andrea graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Germanic and Hispanic Studies. She now teaches Spanish up to GCSE level while completing a Graduate Teacher Programme.
While I was still at university I applied for a British Council Language Assistantship post in Mexico. I went there for a year and taught at two universities.
After that I did a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course in the UK and went back to Mexico to continue teaching and volunteering for a non-governmental organisation (NGO). I then heard that a school in London was looking for a modern foreign languages graduate for the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP). I applied and luckily, without having to work at the school first as a teaching assistant (which is the usual process), I was offered the training post.
As a fully trained teacher I would have meetings in the morning with staff before school started, I would have a form class to look after and would give around 24 hours of classes a week. I would also have to attend some meetings in the evenings and work on schemes of work, lesson plans, displays and after-school activities for the students. I am currently involved in all these activities on my training but am not on a 100% timetable.
I enjoy the job and the day goes very quickly. The work is rewarding, the activities are varied and the holidays are also very good. However, I do find there are challenging aspects to the role, including classroom management, time management and difficult children in classes.
My degree is relevant for my current role, as I need a degree in the subjects I want to teach. The usual way is to do a PGCE, however I believe the GTP is also a good route, as you learn on the job and start being paid straight away at an unqualified teacher’s status level.
This website is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with CSS enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets if you are able to do so.