Ms Shaaira Alexis, Director at SCCD

“When I became a new teacher, I was filled with both trepidation and anticipation. I so wanted to make a difference.

Like the average trainee teacher who comes into your classroom, I was prepared to work hard, to please, to impress and to go beyond the call of duty.

Trainee teachers have a much greater impact in the classroom than many of us realize.

For one, they are very humbled to have been given the chance to serve and are very alert and cautious not to make mistakes and let down the people who believe in them.

They are prepared to arrive early, work late and ask how high and how many times to jump. They listen attentively to students and strive to leave a lasting impression on the student’s life. Taking a child to the toilet or spending an extra hour after school to coax a reluctant GCSE student into completing coursework, are taken in strides as part of the process.

In the current climate of education reform, many trainee teachers entering the classroom are mature individuals with well-honed skill sets from various backgrounds. As a result, today’s trainee teachers are a mix of ex-policemen, bankers, mothers and nurses, seeking a path into the education sector either because of new career choices or re-entering the job market.

Trainee teachers are poised to make a much more valuable contribution to the classroom than you think. All you need to do is give them a chance to help you make a difference that will last a lifetime to a learner.

After all, once upon a time, we were trainees too.”

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