“I always wanted to teach as I’ve got a lot of family and friends who are in teaching” explains trainee Steph Manifold, “I’ve always had jobs that work with young people, and I love geography so it just made sense really, it was always going to happen.
“I was drawn to geography because I just genuinely love it, its awesome. It’s something that’s always been in my family, we’ve always done trips to the coast and outdoorsy things and I’ve just always had a lot of interest in it.
“I had a few teachers that really inspired me, but the whole geography department at my school were amazing. It felt like home when you were there.
“I decided to go with GITEP instead of a University basically because you do so much more teaching. My boyfriend’s in Worcester, and he’s only been on 6 hours of teaching a week, where as we’ve been doing 12-13 hours a week, so we got double the amount of teaching straight away and we can get involved as soon as possible.
“I also received a grant for £9000. It’s good, it really helps with the cost of getting through the course.
“I’m currently working at Sir William Romney school in Tetbury, its a lovely school. There 480 pupils there in total, theres no Sixth Form so its a lot easier to get to know each other well. The kids there are just so lovely.
“The classes are much smaller in size. At GCSE level, the Year 10’s and 11’s, there are only about 15 students in there, which means each student can get really involved easily.
“Sir William Romney school is my twin placement and my parent placement is at Pershore which is near Evesham. I’ve really loved both placements, I’ve been really lucky. The team at Pershore were incredibly supportive, it was a different, much bigger school, with different kind of pressures, but it was really good, I loved it.
“This week has given me a chance to be more creative. We made earthquake proof buildings out of straws and bits of paper and marshmallows. It got messy but the kids loved it. They got really involved with it, and the kids who don’t like learning enjoyed it. A student actually came up to me at the end of the lesson and they were telling how much fun they had.
“The pastoral support is really good, personally I haven’t really needed much of the support because I’ve had no issues, but they’re really good to respond all the feedback to and if you’ve got any queries and they’re just really nice approachable team.”