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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Fiona Muller speaks to Trevor Child, a teacher at Robert Kett Junior School in Wymondham. Trevor has been a teacher for 18 years and has seen the profession go through lots of changes.
Why is it a good profession to get into?
I think teaching is a good profession to get into because every day is different. There are always new things to learn and I feel that I am doing something useful as I am helping to teach children skills that will be important in their future
What does the work involve?
I chose to go into teaching because it is a job where there is a lot of variety. I have broad interests and therefore teaching in a primary school is ideal as it allows me to teach a variety of subjects. I often feel that I get to learn at the same time as I develop personal interests in a subject that the pupils are studying. Overall teaching is a good way of getting a better understanding of different subjects and by being enthusiastic yourself you encourage the young people to get involved.
You have to be committed to work in teaching as it involves a lot of hard work. There are no quiet periods and you do have to work in holiday and evenings too. It is however a rewarding profession
What are the positives/negatives of this profession?
The best thing about the job is that no two days are the same. It is also great to see young people learning and getting excited about new subjects. It is also rewarding seeing young people grow and develop as they learn. The worse thing about the job is the never ending paperwork, long hours and endless government initiatives. It often feels as if you will never be able to get your main work done because of the constant change.
Is there much local demand for people trained in this area?
Nationally there is demand for junior school teachers but it is hard to get jobs locally as competition is tough in this sought after area. However, as pupil numbers are increasing in Norfolk there will always be demand for teachers.
What would employers look for in someone applying for a vacancy?
Employers look for commitment, versatility, sense of humour and a wide range of interests. I have got a Bsc, Msc and a PGCE. Teaching was not my first career I worked in plant sciences before getting into teaching. I think that working in another industry was beneficial for my teaching as it puts the job into context. The most important thing about the job are the young people you are teaching so even though it sounds obvious you have to be interested in children to become a teacher.