|Mathematics with a Year in Europe|
|Sixth Form College|
|Medium-size business (50-249 employees)|
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A day in the life of a Maths Teacher in the United Kingdom
Within education there are a lot more types of establishments than just state high schools. I imagined working in 11-16 but have ended up in 16-18 sixth form.
Briefly describe the organisation you work for
16-18 Sixth Form College
What do you do?
Teach mathematics to 16 to 18 year olds. This includes GCSE resit students, Yr 12s and Yr 13s and A Level subjects of Mathematics and Statistics
Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?
Going into education had been an idea while at college. It became my aim towards the end of university as the banks and businesses that were offerring me lots of money to go to London just didn't interest me. I spent a year in China training and working to become a TEFL teacher and then returned to do a full PGCE. 2 years in 11-16 school, 2 years in 11-18 and now almost 3 years in 16-18. I definitely prefer working with the older students.
Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?
Within education there are a lot more types of establishments than just state high schools. I imagined working in 11-16 but have ended up in 16-18 sixth form. Other options include private schools, international schools, SEN schools for students with disabilities, PRUs, even jobs in prisons providing education.
Describe your most memorable day at work
An important day for me each year is when students get their GCSE results from the November or June resit. Having been previously unsuccessful at obtaining a grade 4 in maths, a good number manage to achieve, and frequently after multiple previous attempts. Comments like "you helped me to believe in myself" reaffirm my belief that anyone can achieve regardless of their prior background and previous "failures" given the rightsupportand encouragement.
What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?
I always kept myself busy with student societies (LINKS, Erasmus, Kids Club), college life (JCRC roles) part time work (Student ambassador, Teach First brand ambassador) and summer jobs (catering roles, summer camps). The year abroad has to have been the most exciting part of it all.
What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?
Try lots of different activities and part time jobs to see what you like.
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