“I felt the apprenticeship route to qualify as a teacher was the next natural step in my career. I am keen to become a SENDCo myself and, in order to achieve this, I needed to complete the qualification. I feel strongly about inclusion and inspiring the next generation and feel there is no better way to advocate for this than through working with pupils in a school.
“To anyone considering an apprenticeship – I would tell them to go for it. It is an exciting opportunity and is a much more hands-on approach to training. The requirements of the course allow you to get lots of teaching under your belt whilst you are training, and this enables you to build your experience and pedagogy quickly in a supportive environment.
“I still have lots of goals and ambitions within football that I would like to achieve whilst building a successful career off the pitch. As I mentioned before, I would love to become a SENDCo and really promote inclusive practice through educating other professionals. My aim is to create a positive learning environment to physically educate pupils with SEN and enable them to spark an interest in sport whilst developing other key areas such as their social communication and confidence.
“I like the fact that no day is the same. It’s a very rewarding profession that enables you to really make a difference. Through football, my aim has always been to promote the women’s game and inspire the next generation to continue developing the standard of women’s football and I’ve got the same ambitions in teaching. It gives you the platform to inspire, progress and develop the learning of the next generation of pupils.
“I feel the apprenticeship is an appropriate route for those who have already spent a great deal of time in a school environment. It is important to have had that exposure in order to understand the ways in which schools work and the expectations placed on you. The course can be demanding, stay organised but do not be afraid to ask questions and lean on your course tutors. Everybody is extremely supportive!”
You can find out more about the University of Brighton’s Teacher Apprenticeship.