"It was a dream to join the school direct programme via the salaried route, and I can't believe I'm almost at the end of my training year already."
Sherine Ahmed undertook the Primary School Direct Salaried route into teaching and liked the idea of School Direct because it offered a hands on one year course with practical on the job training.
When asked how she found the university elements of the course Sherine said:
"I always wanted to teach and working with children is so rewarding.
The School Direct route is individually tailored to meet your needs and work on your already existing skills and experiences. You're the one who sets your starting point really."
"The University of Reading provides the programme in a phenomenal way. It has a partnership with the local schools and councils which it collaborates closely with to shape the course. I had moved from Liverpool to Reading to apply for the programme because I could see the difference between providers. I can honestly still say I don't regret the move. The tutors are beyond supportive. They make you feel unique and special."
She continued: "They fuelled us with positive energy constantly throughout the course. Whenever I felt unsure, they always had the information or the answer to hand."
When asked about a particular lesson or event that inspired her Sherine said: "We had two science sessions with a current teacher and science lead. In these sessions we experimented with different areas of the curriculum. I went home that day and decided to take over the planning of Science Spectacular Day for the whole school. I was so full of ideas and enthusiasm from these two science sessions that I felt able to apply what I learnt in the classroom straight away."
Sherine would advise a prospective trainee to:
"Just follow the course wholeheartedly and everything will flow smoothly. Don't overwhelm yourself unnecessarily or be reluctant to stay on top of the tasks."
In the future Sherine would like to be the science lead in her school.