Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?
I came to live in England from Mauritius when I was 15. I was always good at Maths and after school I worked my way up to study a Masters in Maths. I was then hoping to complete a PHD in Maths but did not get accepted for a scholarship so I returned home to Crawley to be with my family. I then started a job at my old school (Ifield Community College) as a teaching assistant. After 6 months I attended a CPD presentation at school about Teaching Apprenticeships available. But first I had to achieve a L2 English qualification in order to be accepted and English had never been my best subject at school. However, with the support from my Head at Ifield Community College I sat my Level 2 English exam just a few days before I was due to enrol at University. Fortunately I achieved the required grade and was accepted onto the Apprenticeship programme at the University of Chichester in September 2018.
Please describe your experience
I attended day and block release at university alongside teaching placements at two schools, one of which was Ifield Community College where I went to school myself. I still teach there now, having completed the Apprenticeship and qualifying as a fully qualified teacher.
Observations on lessons I taught were carried out throughout the programme and I built a portfolio of evidence of lesson plans, evaluations of the lessons I had taught, witness statements and reflective accounts. I had to sit an external assessment at the end of the programme and was thrilled when I received an ‘Outstanding’ grade.
How will this Apprenticeship help you progress in your career?
My hope is that I will be able to progress to teach A level Maths at my current school- I am not thinking any further than that at the moment!
What do you feel are the advantages of doing an apprenticeship over other training or education?
Earning a wage alongside my training was a bonus– and no student loan to pay back. It was also great being able to spend a concentrated period of time teaching in just two schools. I spent 2 terms at Ifield Community College (where I now have a permanent teaching position) and one term at Holy Trinity.
Being able to apply practice to theory along the way was also a great way to continually develop my skills.
‘From pupil to teacher- and an outstanding one at that. We are all very proud of Luciano and would recommend the Post Graduate Teacher Apprenticeship to other schools looking to grow their own talent pool.’Rob Corbett, Head of Ifield Community College, supported Luciano throughout his Apprenticeship.