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Matthew Quin

YEARS AT PRS: 2 years SUBJECT: English

TRAINED AT: Oxford Brookes University CURRENT ROLE: Teacher of English (Year 8 Coordinator) STARTING ROLE: PGCE English student SUMMARY:


Princes Risborough School

Enjoy and Achieve

I started at PRS on my second PGCE placement. Despite turning up for my first day far too early and somehow locking myself in the reception area, I was overwhelmed by the kindness and welcoming nature of the staff (especially those who rescued me from the reception area). My initial impressions of the school were how vibrant, lively and busy it was. As I sat nervously in the staff briefing I couldn’t believe how much there was going on in the school and how enthusiastic and energetic the staff team were. Over the course of my placement I learned a huge amount. The English department is a dynamic department with a shared vision but welcoming individual approaches. I immediately felt part of the team and both nurtured and challenged by the high standards and innovative approaches to learning. I was delighted when I successfully interviewed for a job during my placement, as I knew this was the place which would constantly challenge me to be my best and develop. The NQT induction programme two weeks before the summer was a great experience, allowing me to get to know the whole staff and SLT; embrace the philosophies and ethos of the school; find my way out of the English department and familiarise myself with policies and procedures. I also got to know the other excellent team of NQTs and think creatively in designing an NQT project. An added bonus was also getting paid over the summer after a year at university! The support has continued throughout my NQT year with a department mentor, a professional department tutor, and a brilliant head of department and professional tutor. As NQTs we have had regular support, training, meetings, practical observations and chances to observe experienced teachers around the school. I am also thrilled that I feel my hard work has been recognised and I have been given opportunities to take on responsibilities. Next year I will be coordinating year 8 English and will be responsible for overseeing and developing the curriculum and schemes of work; planning interventions; organising trips and events and I am being encouraged to trial and launch projects across the year. I’m excited for this great opportunity in my second year of teaching and it has only confirmed my initial excitement after my interview: this has been the place to develop as a teacher.

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