Undergraduate TA Placement Scheme

Why choose teaching when you graduate…

Being a teacher is not simple. You are always on your feet with an immense amount of responsibility within the department, classroom and around the school. It also means staying late to do lesson plans, departmental meetings, parents evening, helping students with extra work, marking… the list goes on. However, this does not reflect how very rewarding it is when students appreciate how much effort you have put into their lessons or how satisfying you will find it when your colleagues in departmental meetings appreciate your endless energy. Simply, you realise how worthwhile it is, when you say you’re leaving the school at the end of the year and they say: “Ah Miss! Why are you leaving?!” I experienced all of this and more. That is why I am happily looking forward to selecting teaching as my career and entering the teaching profession!

During my time at Epsom & Ewell High School I have learnt so much and am glad that I chose this placement. I have been working with year groups 7 to 11 with a mixed range of ability. I have also led my own year 11 interventions after school, completed marking tests and reviews, conducted a year 9 class and prepared KS4 homework sheets for the upcoming academic year 2016-2017. I am extremely satisfied with my contribution to the maths department. I am looking forward to coming back here after my degree and training if I can.

I did have some previous experience of teaching before I started this placement which has helped me immensely throughout the year. However, this year has taught me something incomparable to my previous experience. It provided me the genuine insight into the teaching world, as well as a professional working environment.

I was very lucky to have found an undergraduate Teaching Assistant placement through Surrey Plus Maths Hub and happily can say that this placement has confirmed my career path. I know an increasing amount of graduates who are still in search of their perfect job and to have my profession decided I feel safe. The training provided by the Surrey Plus Maths Hub and the practical experience at Epsom & Ewell High School has made my placement year very satisfactory.

At the end of the placement I can confirm that I have evolved and grown as an individual, overcoming my shy personality and engaging with everyone. I understand that a teaching career can be stressful, however I enjoy the fact that every day will be different.  I am truly looking forward to a career in teaching!

Prithivy Sivakumar

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