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Natalie Jackson-Cooper – Primary Trainee

What inspired you to become a teacher?

There wasn’t one trigger that led me to teaching, but a culmination of different experience through my life, education and previous employment. I have always loved working with children in different settings and ultimately teaching excited me and made me feel inspired to make a difference to young people.

Why did you choose High Force Education SCITT?

It just felt right! From the open evening, to the interview at Green Lane and meeting Gemma, Gillian and my fellow trainees. I’ve never had a doubt that this was the right course for me. I had the best and most rewarding year.

What were the highlights of your training year?

Making a difference to the educational and emotional lives of children across all placement. I was given lots of different opportunities to help develop as a teacher and taking on the role of the class teacher really boosted my confidence. Also meeting an eclectic group of people and making friends for life. This year has completely changed my life. It has given me a new direction in a career I throughly enjoy. It has shown me that you can achieve anything!

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

Talk to lots of people and gain experience in schools. Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Show your personality – nobody expects you to be a robot! Share your passion for teaching with the children.

OUR SCHOOLS

A map of our schools

Bedale CofE Primary School

Bedale CofE Primary School

Firby Road, Bedale, DL8 2AT

Brompton on Swale C of E

Brompton on Swale C of E

Brompton Park, Brompton, Richmond, DL10 7JW

Cockfield Primary School

Cockfield Primary School

Front Street, Cockfield, DL13 5EN

Crook Primary School

Crook Primary School

Croft Avenue, Crook, DL15 8QG

Federation of Abbey Primary

Federation of Abbey Primary

Cleveland Terrace, Darlington DL3 8JH

Green Lane C of E Primary

Green Lane C of E Primary

Green Lane, Barnard Castle, DL12 8LG

Ludworth Primary School

Ludworth Primary School

Moor Crescent, Ludworth, DH6 1LZ

Wolsingham Primary School

Wolsingham Primary School

Uppertown, Wolsingham, Bishop Auckland, DL13 3ET

Ox Close Primary School

Ox Close Primary School

Ox Close Cres, Spennymoor, DL16 6RU

Peases West Primary School

Peases West Primary School

Billy Row, Crook, DL15 9SZ

Prince Bishops Community Primary

Prince Bishops Community Primary

Gibson Street, Bishop Auckland, DL14 8DY

Richmond Methodist School

Richmond Methodist School

Darlington Road, Richmond, DL10 7BH

Sedgefield Hardwick

Sedgefield Hardwick

Hawthorn Road, Sedgefield, TS21 3DA

South Otterington C of E Primary School

South Otterington C of E Primary School

South Otterington, Northallerton, DL7 9HD

Montalbo Nursery and Primary School

Montalbo Nursery and Primary School

Fairfield Road, Barnard Castle, DL12 8TN

Staindrop C of E Primary

Staindrop C of E Primary

Swan Wynd, Staindrop, DL2 3NL

Toft Hill Primary School

Toft Hill Primary School

Toft Hill, Bishop Auckland, DL14 0JH

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