Jonathan Rowley,

Resident Trainee Teacher, Worksop College Preparatory School, 2014 – 2015, Resident Graduate Assistant 2012

John Rowley“The scheme has given me a very realistic idea of what is to come in teaching life. It has prepared me very well and I have learned so much in the time I have been here. It has given me a huge number of practical and useful ideas that I can take with me into the classroom.

I would recommend it to others because it gives people the chance to develop a great deal of skills that are important in the workplace. Skills such as working within a team, communication, leadership and responsibility are to name a few.

Others who are interested in the scheme would greatly benefit because speaking from experience, I firmly believe it has provided me with invaluable experience that will help me become a fantastic teacher”.

Maria L. R. Rodriguez,

Resident Graduate Assistant 2014 – 2015

Maria Rodriguez“It has been a great opportunity for me to work as a graduate assistant in Worksop College. I have been able to work in a very warm environment where I have enjoyed every moment that I have spent here.

I have been encouraged to take as many challenges as possible and entrusted with many responsible tasks, which has helped me to develop and improve my self-confidence and my creativity, leadership and team work abilities as well as building my knowledge of matters related to education and motivating me to follow this path as my future career.

Worksop College offers an excellent opportunity to learn and grow professionally in a supportive environment. You will be assisted and guided in your learning and duties at all times”.

James Smith,

Resident Graduate Assistant 2013 -2014, Resident Trainee Teacher 2014 -2015

James Smith“A unique opportunity was granted to me when being offered a ‘Grad.’ Assistant role at Worksop College, that was; to return to the establishment in which I was educated, and reside on the dark side of the staff room wall. I was generally undecided on a career path at the time, considering various other professions and graduate schemes, but secretly always wanted a crack at teaching.

The scheme is an all-encompassing indoctrination to school life offering a microcosm of all aspects within the teaching profession – allowing a flavour of school life, a try before you buy! I was sold within the first term, increasingly embracing teaching, alongside various sporting and extra-curricular activities and within the year found myself responsible for not only lessons, but modules of work, as well as sports teams and house duties.

I enjoyed the experience so much, I didn’t leave! I was offered a second year, this year, in which I teach a slightly reduced timetable and fulfil University commitments in order to qualify for a PGCE with QTS”.