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Ben Roberts

Ben Roberts

Music Trainee 2020-2021

"The team at i2i were incredible with helping me make this life changing decision........the application and interview process with i2i was exemplary and the sense of support and community was my main reason for selecting them."

Before coming into teacher training, I was a professional musician in the British Army and spent six years with the Band of the Household Cavalry. I was very fortunate to travel the world performing and also perform at UK state ceremonial occasions, such as the Queen’s Birthday Parade and the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. As the saying goes, ‘all good things must come to an end’ and it was time for a career change!

The team at i2i were incredible with helping me make this life changing decision. From initially meeting them at a career’s fair, they organised school experience days and were always available to answer any questions. I also had friends who were current and past trainees, and they could never speak more highly about the course. After applying for several training providers, I can honestly say the application and interview process with i2i was exemplary and the sense of support and community was my main reason for selecting them.

Since starting the course I have not looked back on my decision to change career. I am currently based at Weydon and I have been in awe in the leadership and school experience they are able to offer pupils. Being a member of the team from day one in September has been one of the great advantages of choosing a SCITT course. I have been able to gradually develop my teaching skills with the guidance and support of a mentor, professional mentor and an amazing Creative Arts department. Alongside this the Professional and Subject studies training prepares for you all elements of teaching and you’re able to form great relationships with other trainees, who are always on hand for that message of support when needed.

My advice for anyone considering teaching and training with i2i is to get in touch and experience it yourself. It wasn’t until seeing the positive impact a teacher can have on pupil’s education and life, that I was ready to make my decision. There is nothing quite like the light bulb moment when a pupil has learned something new because of your teaching!

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