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Fran Hamilton

Fran Hamilton

PE Teacher, former i2i Trainee 2017-18

"Throughout my year I had brilliant support. The i2i team were in regular contact with us, treating every trainee as an individual and sculpting the program to suit."

Whilst at university, studying Sports Science, I knew that teaching was my ultimate goal.Throughout my degree Weydon supported me with a school experience programme, a really beneficial first step to my journey, allowing me to experience day to day school life first hand. This experience made me certain that teaching was the job that I wanted to pursue.

After completing my degree and school experience I went on to gain a place on the i2i teacher training at Weydon School and start my journey into teaching. I chose the program for a number of reasons but one of the most important things to me was the school-based nature of the program. Personally, I knew that I wanted to be on a school-based program to fully immerse myself in school life whilst training to teach. Being in a school for the whole year had such a positive influence on my development, allowing me to build strong relationships with students and staff, as well as being attached to a tutor group and experiencing the wider responsibilities such as sports fixtures and school trips.

Throughout my year I had brilliant support. The i2i team were in regular contact with us, treating every trainee as an individual and sculpting the program to suit. I also had a brilliant mentor who worked closely with me and supported me throughout my year. I also worked amongst a passionate and dedicated PE teaching team who all gave me further support and guidance throughout my year. The training year was challenging but this wide support network allowed me to develop, with the confidence to push myself at each stage.

As an ex Weydon student it was very exciting to be offered a place to train as a teacher back at my own school. The teachers at Weydon were a large part of the reason that I was inspired to teach. Being able to come back to Weydon, learn from the teachers that inspired me and now work alongside them is very special. I completed my teacher training on the i2i program with Weydon, recently just completing my first term as an NQT and am really enjoying my first year of teaching.

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