Daniel Gallagher – Year 6 Teacher
My time on the Ignite ITT programme was fantastic; it provided me with high quality training, fantastic placements in good and outstanding schools and an outstanding support network. The mixture of school-based placements and training days were challenging, but also rewarding, as they allowed me to learn and improve as a teacher from the onset.
Having passed the course and secured a permanent job at Meadow Primary School, I can definitely say that choosing the Ignite ITT programme was the best decision I have ever made; it prepared me for anything the NQT year has thrown at me so far. I am having an amazing time at Meadow Primary School and the support from Ignite has continued into this year – running NQT courses and support networks each term.
I love my job. Although it can be tough at times, the rewards are fantastic and building a relationship with your own class and seeing them grow, definitely makes everyday worthwhile.
Lisa Carey – Year 6 Teacher
Two years ago, I embarked upon the most wonderful journey of my working life. I had decided to enter into the teaching profession and applied to the Ignite Teacher Training course. From the moment I was accepted, I knew I was in great company: the leaders, the trainers and the students (who quickly became like family) were very welcoming and the high level of training which we were exposed to was outstanding, bar none.
The year went by in a flash and although I was well equipped to begin working as an NQT, having gained “outstanding” by the end of the year, I must admit the idea of teaching my own class was daunting. This was all made easier however by the constant contact with the lead school throughout the year and the continuous assistance of the staff at my own school (which I procured placement with based on the high standards of training I received during my year with Ignite).
I am now a Year 6 teacher, music lead, SMSC Key Stage 2 lead and have had the privilege this year of being a mentor to a student beginning her own personal journey with Ignite, just as I did two years ago. I am extremely positive about the future and would highly recommend the Ignite Teacher Training Course to anyone who wishes to work hard and join the most rewarding profession there is.
Joe Brassington – Year 2 Teacher
Before applying for my Schools Direct course a lot of people said it would be the hardest year of my life. However having now completed the Ignite ITT programme it was certainly the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my working life.
Although it was hard work, Ignite provided me with an excellent support system both in my school placements and with other ATs who I worked closely with throughout the year. Training with Ignite meant working with outstanding schools and observing outstanding practice daily. The support system, school based placements and fantastic training days in core subjects, foundation subjects and more prepared me well for my NQT year.
Having completed the course I am now the Year 6 class teacher at St. Bernard’s RC Primary School where I still benefiting from the support and additional training offered by Ignite. A career in teaching is incredibly rewarding and for me the Ignite ITT programme was a fantastic route into it.