I started working at Hall Cross Academy in September 2012…

I started working at Hall Cross Academy in September 2012 in their Baccalaureate, or “Base” Department, as it is known to the students. It’s a really unique place to work in, as it is a group of teachers with varying disciplines and specialisms planning and assessing collaboratively a curriculum which focusses on Literacy, Humanities, and above all, the development of skills they require to be successful independent learners.

The NQT Induction was a very positive one, with ample opportunities to work with fellow NQTs, shadow and observe excellent teachers from other departments and set challenging targets with your mentor. Throughout the entire Induction process, and time as a qualified teacher, I am encouraged to try new methods to keep my teaching fresh and challenge my students.

After my third year of teaching I moved from the local area and as a result, I left teaching at Hall Cross too. It was a reminder (one I hadn’t experienced since my PGCE placements) that the ethos and environment in which you teach really does vary from school to school- it didn’t take me long to realise that I wanted to return to Hall Cross. I missed my colleagues, the students, and the time I felt I could give in extra-curricular activities. Not only did I know it was the right decision, but the school provided me with the new opportunity to teach in a different department, and I currently love teaching A Level Politics and Key Stage 3 History.

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