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Sadia Rahman - Primary Trainee

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I've always wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. Teacher play such an important role in a child's life and it was all of the positive experiences that influenced who I am today and what my future holds. I also remember the first time I watched 'Matilda' and I wanted to be just like Miss Honey, a positive, caring and kind teacher who cares for each one of her pupils. I aimed to be that teacher that makes a difference to a child's like, not just through teaching them how to read and write, but also teaching them life skills and how to be kind to everyone.

Why did you choose High Force Education SCITT?

I first heard of High Force Education SCITT through a school that I was volunteering in whilst studying at university - I heard many good review about the course. Following this, I decided to apply to the SCITT as early as I could. When I received an interview date, I was so excited and began to prepare for the tasks. The interview day came and I knew I wanted to complete my teacher training at High Force. Everyone was so friendly and it was lovely to see that the base was set in a school, which I saw as an advantage. it also appealed to me how school-based the programme was, which meant that I would be prepared for my teaching career from the range of experience in schools throughout the year. Alongside all of this, the programme also offered 60 masters credits which I could use to complete my Masters in Education.

What were the highlights of your training year?

As well as the experience gained through different settings, new bonds and friendships were formed with fellow trainees and together we worked as a team through the year. There were challenges throughout the year, but it was the support from my family, Gemma and others who made me see it through and realise that it was worth it. High Force Education really prepares you for teaching and supports your future in the classroom.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about a career in teaching?

Teaching is not easy and no one will every say that it is, but you have to love what you do in order to enjoy it. You have got to always think of the positives and trust yourself. Training at High Force is like learning to ride a bike, you will fall at hurdles but succeed in the end.

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