What Do Our Staff Say?

Hayley Dutfield - DT

Hayley Dutfield - DT
Why did you want to become a teacher?

As a former Sandwell Academy student I really appreciated the support that I received. This inspired me to one day be able to do the same.

What was your route into the profession?

School Direct.

What training and opportunities did you get at Sandwell Academy and how did these help you?

Lots of staff CPD and training sessions – from behaviour management to challenging the most able students, everything is covered. We also get the chance to work with colleagues from our family of schools so the network of support is great.

What advice would you give to anyone currently training to be a teacher or thinking of entering the profession?

Do your research into the different routes into the profession and also do some work experience. I worked as a learning support assistant for a few months and this helped me a great deal.

James Hughes - Maths

Why did you want to become a teacher?

The job satisfaction is second to none.

What was your route into the profession?

I did a PGCE and one of my placements was with Sandwell Academy. I enjoyed it and was fortunate to get a post there.

What training and opportunities did you get at Sandwell Academy and how did these help you?

We benefitted from regular training at the Academy, which enabled us to meet in a small group on a detailed programme of training. There are also lots of whole school training events where you get to work with experienced colleagues and share ideas. Also, I had a fantastic mentor in school – this is invaluable and really important while you are training.

What advice would you give to anyone currently training to be a teacher or thinking of entering the profession?

Whatever your route into the profession, make sure that you observe as many teachers as possible – you will learn so much. Get involved in extra-curricular activities and take advantage of the multitude of opportunities which become available to you.

Denis Campbell - Spanish

Denis Campbell - Spanish
Why did you want to become a teacher?

My German teacher at school had a big influence on me – his enthusiasm and enjoyment of the job made me want to be a languages teacher.

What was your route into the profession?

TeachFirst

What training and opportunities did you get at Sandwell Academy and how did these help you?

Training is really hands-on and there is lots of support on teaching techniques and assessment. You are also encouraged to get involved with the wider life of the school and as a result of this I was able to organise a school trip to Barcelona. This was an amazing experience.

What advice would you give to anyone currently training to be a teacher or thinking of entering the profession?

Do it! It is a challenging career but is very rewarding. Every day is different so it's never monotonous and it keeps you on your toes!

Emma Hillier - English

Emma Hillier - English
Why did you want to become a teacher?

I love English Literature and also wanted a rewarding job where every day is different and varied.

What was your route into the profession?

TeachFirst

What training and opportunities did you get at Sandwell Academy and how did these help you?

I have been fortunate to attend numerous training sessions which have helped me to develop my skills. We even get to film ourselves teaching so that we can review our work and its impact on students. Finally, I work in a really supportive department where we work as a team and share ideas. As teachers, we are always learning.

What advice would you give to anyone currently training to be a teacher or thinking of entering the profession?

Be positive and aim high. Then your students will do the same.

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