Charlotte Perrin is a student currently training to teach with GITEP, she explains why she chose to train to teach Geography.
“In 2010 I went to Haiti after the earthquake and I volunteered with teenagers. I’d never really worked with young people before but I really enjoyed it. I came back and worked in a office but I decided that i liked working with kids.
“I always liked Geography as it was always my favourite subject at school and even though I studied disaster management at University it overlaps with Geography a lot. I find it really interesting because it’s always in the news and it’s always relevant.
“I’m teaching in an all girls school in Gloucester called Barnwood Park at the moment and I absolutely love it. Before I started there I was told the school had a bit of a reputation but when I got there the kids were lovely, really nice. It’s a big school with around 1700 pupils and in the department theres about 6 or 7 Geography teachers, so there’s a lot of support available.”
A key component of teacher training with GITEP is that trainees teach at two contrasting schools during their training. Trainees start at a parent placement, do a term at a contrasting twin placement, and then teach their final term back in their parent school. Barnwood Park is Charlotte’s twin placement, she taught her first term at St. Peters, in Gloucester, and will return there after Easter.
“I really liked St. Peters when I was there. It only has 700 pupils so it’s 1000 students smaller. You recognise more people and the department’s smaller. The pastoral support at St. Peters is really good, I’m lucky because both my mentors mark as examiners, so they mark the GCSE and A-Level papers, so thats really helpful.
“Ive had a few really incredible lessons, I taught an introduction to Brazil and I got a round of applause at the end, which was really nice, it was probably the best geography lesson they had ever had. They were in year 7 so the bar probably wasn’t too high, if you make it a fun lesson, they’re going to pay more attention and hopefully learn more. Theres a little girl that just hates school and apparently she was never there, but apparently she really enjoys my lessons. Its little stuff like that which is really nice.”