What year group / subject do you teach? 

I teach Food Technology along with Hospitality & Catering to secondary school students.


What made you want to get in to teaching? 

Teaching was always something that I considered as a potential career, however it was my programme director at university who gave me the encouragement I needed to finally take the plunge!


Describe your teaching style in 3 words 

Encouraging, Firm, Adaptable.


What would you say is the most challenging part of being a teacher?  

For me, the most challenging part of being a teacher is ensuring that I am catering for all students needs, particularly within practical subjects.


What 3 tips would you give to someone about to start their teacher training? 

1) Ask as many questions as possible even if you think it’s silly.

2) Try and volunteer to assist with data etc to get familiarised with this

3) Remember to give yourself a break, you don’t want to burn out!


What part of your job do you enjoy most?  

When I see a students progression within their work and the relationships you build with your students. 


Why would you recommend someone to get into teaching? 

It is a hard career but teaching is also so rewarding, knowing you are making a difference to a students life is fantastic.


What advice would you give to to an ECT in their first teaching role? 

Remember to have some down time, and make sure you are proactive with your personal development and contribution to your department. 


How would you like to see your teaching career develop? 

I am working towards a head of department role at the moment, which is really full on but I know that by next year I will be able to take this role on with ease and less support. I am interested in working towards a faculty leader role. 


How did Amethyst help find the right role for you? 

When I signed up Ashley took my details, Katy called me about 5 days later advising of a school who was interested in me. I had an interview 2 days later and by the end of that week I had my current role secured! It was quick and painless, and the team at Amethyst have been checking in regularly which is great. 


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