At TELLAL, we know first-hand how important teachers are to the development of children and young people. This is just one of reasons why we offer a range of courses, not only for existing teachers to expand their knowledge and skill set, but also for those who wish to begin their career in education.
Taking the plunge into a new career can be daunting, especially when you have to weigh the investment of training against gaining employment. That’s why at TELLAL, our mentors and trainers will always do their best to assist new graduates with finding the right job for them. Sometimes, it doesn’t even have to take that long, as one recent graduate, Kerry Duncan found out when she secured a role whilst doing her iPGcTP – Level 7. We sat down with her to find out more…
Hi Kerry, thank you so much for talking to us! Can you tell us a little bit about what you are up to now?
I am currently working as an IB Diploma Economics Teacher (maternity contract cover) but I have just accepted a permanent position for Secondary Humanities teacher in an IB school starting in January.
And you found that position during your TELLAL course, is that right?
Yes, during the third term of the course a personal contact of mine had recommended the school, and then my TELLAL training manager at the time, Katie Hart did a great job of setting it all up for me.
What made you want to take the course initially?
I was teaching piano for five years and decided to re-train as a classroom teacher. I also liked the way the course is based around classroom training so it’s very practical.
How did you find the course as a whole?
Busy, challenging, varied. Being able to observe a variety of teachers in different subject areas was extremely beneficial and interesting. Further to that, being introduced to the theories behind learning was insightful and helpful.
Since you started in the role before the course ended, how did you balance work and the course?
It is always a balancing act when you are working full time and studying. I would use the week to keep on top of my work commitments and the weekends to study. The key was that I was organised and kept to my own timetable.
What was your favourite thing about the course?
This is an easy one as I really enjoyed being able to teach in different departments and work with different teachers, and now I really feel that I have found what I am meant to be doing.
What was your experience of TELLAL?
I think TELLAL has a good cross-section of lecturers who have different interests and strengths much like the cohort of students. I always found them to be solution orientated and accommodating when I had any queries.