Steven Cottle of Wiltshire College discusses his background in engineering, how the SET for Teaching Success programme has helped him find establish a new career in FE, and his aspiration to attain Advanced Teacher Status.
I was working in an engineering factory prior to starting on the programme. I also worked in an independent garage before this.
It is a good way to collaborate with other people who are in a similar situation to you. It’s good to share our experiences and ideas as it can help you develop listening to what other people are doing in their teaching.
I found the guest speaker who talked to us about behaviour management particularly useful. They had techniques and ideas which have helped me to adopt a more confident approach to dealing with students who present disruptive and negative behaviours. I also appreciated the fact that there was an opportunity for discussion on innovative approaches others have used in their classroom management.
I think it’s two-fold; the sense of achievement and pride I feel is directly linked to the success enjoyed by my students. Their achievements are linked to what I’ve done and that’s a really good feeling.
You always remember the good teachers you had. I was lucky to have some great teachers when I was at school and they have always stayed with me. Their example has helped to inspire me and sparked my interest in teaching. I’m hoping I can be someone’s “good teacher” and inspire them.
There have been many benefits for me. The bursary and help with costs have been invaluable, without those I wouldn’t have been able to sign-up for the programme. On the programme, I have been given access to a wealth of ideas for delivering lessons and insights into T Levels, which is really important for SET subjects. The programme has also provided useful information and tips on learning technologies.
I would like to look into advanced teacher status and see how far I can progress in the FE community.
For details of how to apply for the SET for Teaching Success programme, please visit the programme page.