It’s been almost three months since we first welcomed this year’s cohort of Associate Teachers to Altius Teacher Training, so we caught up with them to find out how they’re finding their first term.

This year’s group of Associate Teachers may have only started their training with Altius in September but they are already completely at home in the classroom and are confidently delivering lessons and working closely with their students.

Sarah Shortall, Associate Teacher for Drama at Altius explains why she is already at ease taking charge of lessons.

“The training here is school-focused so you’re straight in the classroom with your students from the first day. You immediately learn how to settle your class into the new school year, manage behaviour and set your routine.”

Her colleagues on the training course agree. Ella Rudden-Power, Associate Teacher for Art explains how being in the classroom from the very start of the academic year makes a difference to how trainees are perceived and the rapport they build with students.

“You’re treated as a teacher straight away, which helps you get to know the students really well and develop strong relationships with them, more than any other route into teaching.”

Associate Teachers command the same level of respect as fully qualified teachers among students and colleagues alike, which is a big part of Altius’s success and popularity as a teacher training provider. And while Associate Teachers are fully immersed in teaching from the outset, the training is tailored to each individual’s own pace.

Associate Teachers at Altius work collaboratively with their mentors, observing classes and gradually taking on more of a teaching role until they are delivering full lessons. Ed Hopps, Associate Teacher of Spanish says,

“Teaching my first full class was a real highlight. Even though it was early on in the term the training is so comprehensive that I felt very comfortable and prepared.’

It is no surprise that Associate Teachers at Altius are ready to take on this level of responsibility considering how much has already been covered. As well as direct experience in the classroom, Altius trainees also benefit from a comprehensive training schedule and one to one mentoring.

Their knowledge and breadth of experience is also developed through spending time in other educational settings. For example, Associate Teachers for Primary will have the opportunity to observe and participate in Early Years sessions while Associate Teachers for Secondary will experience time in a primary school.

This school-based route into teaching ensures that trainees are fully prepared for their new careers in the classroom and know what to expect.

Ella Rudden-Power adds:

“Training with Altius is so rewarding. It’s wonderful to see students put something you’ve just taught them into action and, when they share their work with you and are proud of what they’ve achieved, you feel that you’ve already made a difference.”

This is ultimately the reason that most people go into teaching and Altius gives you the chance to experience this first-hand from the very beginning.

Associate Teacher of Spanish, Xiomara Narez Tadeo says:

“I was planning to train at university but when I found out about Altius, I knew there was no other option. This is definitely the right way to do teacher training.”

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