Vanessa S.

Secondary English Teacher
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About me

Vanessa S.
English in Education
United Kingdom

My employment

Secondary English Teacher
Teach First
United Kingdom

More about Vanessa

Has a disability
Low Income Household
BAME student

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A day in the life of a Secondary English Teacher in the United Kingdom

Briefly describe the organisation you work for

Teach First aim is to break the link between a household income and educational outcomes through employing high calibre teachers that have taken part in their two-year leadership development programme.

What do you do?

I teach 5 classes of Y7, 8 and 9. I cover the GCSE AQA English specification in a South London Secondary school.

Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?

Straight out of Uni I secured a graduate scheme a year in advance (2018) to teach Secondary school English in London with Teach First.

Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?


Describe your most memorable day at work

When I did this:

Are there any challenges associated with your job?

Lots of marking

What’s your work environment and culture like?


What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?

Awards: 2019 Class Orator, University Diversity and Inclusivity Award, 100 future black leaders for 2017/2018
Internships: Elevation Networks, shadowed Philippa Lloyd the Director General of Higher and Further education
Leadership Programmes: ALETO, York Award Gold, York Leaders,
Leadership: African Caribbean Society President
Volunteering: The Standard Conference,
Other: Steering Committee A-CAN Education Lead, Speaker at the North Yorkshire Police's Head Quarters, Teach First Ambassador, NCS The Challenge Ambassador

What would you like to do next with your career?

Progress through the stages of Teaching

What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?

Do as many internships as possible

What topics from students are you happy to answer questions on?


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