13 February 2017
Straight from the mouth of one of our cohort 1 scholars, Aaran Karia talks about his decision to join the programme and his experiences so far.
"I found out about the FTS programme through a UCAS message in clearing and I was slightly unsure about whether to apply or not - it's a big decision, 6 years of your life. Even though I knew I wanted to become a teacher, it was still not an easy decision and there were things such as doing a PhD that I would need to sacrifice. Eventually, I was convinced into applying for the programme and so far I don't regret it at all.
Up to now, I've had my first regional training centre and my first immersion day. The regional training centre day was really helpful and it's a nice environment to get to grips with teaching. Of course, the main meat of it all came into play with my first immersion day. I found it to be very useful and a lot of my opinions on classroom dynamics has changed. I feel like I understood a lot more about the role of a teacher.
It's very different being on the other side.
The programme is also nice in that it doesn't interfere with my degree. My mentors at my RTC are really nice and helpful and they took the time to organise my immersion/training days so that they were out of term which means that I'm not losing out on my degree by doing the programme.
Overall, I think it's a great programme. If you want to become a teacher in the long run it's totally worth it. You have a job at the end of university, much more hands-on experience than other aspiring teachers of your age and the £5k for this year is coming in quite useful."
Check out Aaran's website crashmaths.com, whichs offers a range of resources for both GCSE and A level maths students.