I originally started teaching English as a foreign language. I taught primary-aged students overseas in a number of countries, including Spain and Brazil.
I took my TEFL qualification when I finished university as I wanted to travel and this seemed like a good way to do it. I ended up finding I really enjoyed teaching and wanted to do my PGCE and get the qualifications.
I chose Ark Teacher Training because I really liked the structure of the programme. It seemed very professional and was led by experts. There is a clear emphasis on training and support throughout the two-year programme. I knew I’d be supported and not just thrown into the classroom!
Summer school provided us with lots of information and all of it was really useful. The simple things were the most interesting and beneficial for me, such as how to plan a lesson. It was all broken down into easy steps and wasn’t intimidating at all.
I’ll be teaching at Ark Chamberlain Primary Academy in Birmingham and I got to visit the school last term as part of the school orientation offered by Ark Teacher Training. It was really helpful to see the school in action and meet everyone I’d be working with.
I already have experience in a classroom from my EFL teaching, but now I’m excited to get in my new classroom and build on my existing experience.