Grace Burch - FE Direct learner
Grace is one of our former FE Direct programme learners 2014/15 who now works at the college.
Before Grace started at Leeds City College she completed her undergraduate degree in Maths & Stats at Newcastle University.
While searching for a job she came across the Maths Teacher Traineeship at Leeds City College which allowed her to work full-time hours and also train on a Friday.
Grace developed so many skills during her course: “It ranged from how to work with people in a professional environment to how to apply theoretical aspects of teaching and learning in the classroom.”
This style of learning environment enabled Grace to share with other aspiring teachers: “For me, the most helpful part was being able to discuss experiences with those who were facing similar challenges as well as with experienced teachers.”
Grace commended her tutors who consistently had a hands-on approach: “Professionals, such as Anita, offered support, advice and guidance in a safe and nurturing environment which helped to grow personal strengths and also highlighted areas where we could improve which was very useful in learning how to teach!”
Grace uses this support in her own teaching: “I still believe I am learning and growing from all the different theories we learnt during the year of training. For example, I try to reflect on my teaching and highlight good and bad points to continually professionally develop and improve practise where possible.”
Grace has put her successful training to good use and remains with us at the college:“I am currently at Park Lane campus of Leeds City College teaching Maths GCSE and a bit of Functional Skills. It has its challenges but can be very rewarding too! I teach 16-18 year olds most of the time but also have an adult class which is one of my favourite groups.”
Grace hopes to encourage other students to pursue a brighter future: “Further education is crucial for people who need a second chance or another opportunity and it gives me a sense of achievement that even though learners can sometimes be difficult, you are helping them make steps towards a better future.”