Dr Fallyn Campbell, a chemistry trainee on the School Direct programme at Burlington Danes Academy in London, who holds a first class in Bsc Chemistry and a PhD in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, said:
“I have always loved science and before going into teaching, I’d worked as a science researcher and project manager in an educational consultancy, contributing ideas of how to improve education across a number of subjects. This experience, coupled with a passion to share my knowledge of science with others to support them to gain a greater understanding of the subject, greatly contributed to my decision to become a teacher.
I am passionate about improving students’ scientific abilities as well as giving back to the community. I particularly enjoy boosting the confidence of those students who come from less affluent backgrounds but who have great potential, and opening their eyes to how science works in everyday life.
The career progression opportunities for teachers are second to none. I feel I am progressing quickly; the great deal of practical work we do allows me to learn and develop on the job and I feel a real sense of independence. I manage the science society at school – a sixth form club – and would like to progress to a leadership position one day soon.
“The Train to Teach roadshow in London is a fantastic way of gathering information and will ultimately help people considering teaching to make informed decisions. Anyone interested in teaching should go along and speak with some of the experts on hand to find out more about both the application process and also what day to day life in the classroom is like. Now is the right time to join the profession – the modern classroom is constantly changing, teachers are empowered to test out new techniques, and that’s more, the opportunities are there for career progression.”
Graduates interested in becoming a teacher should visit: www.education.gov.uk/getintoteaching or contact the Teaching Line on: 0800 389 2500.