Go back to school It’s de­mand­ing and not for ev­ery­one - but it could be for you!

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

DEN­TON Com­mu­nity Col­lege is one of the schools we will be work­ing with over the com­ing months as part of our cam­paign.

The Tame­side sec­ondary cur­rently has two Teach First stu­dents as well as four oth­ers in their se­cond year of the scheme.

Steve Nixon, who is in charge of Teach First and In­duc­tion at Den­ton, says their Teach First stu­dents have been a wel­come injection of colour and en­thu­si­asm to the school.

Den­ton’s most re­cent re­cruits, Joanna Dixon, 27, from Lon­don and Char­lotte Co­hen, 22 from Prest­wich, made the bold de­ci­sion to throw them­selves into teach­ing.

Joanna, who grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Durham, is cut­ting her teeth teach­ing ge­og­ra­phy and religious stud­ies.

Joanna was work­ing in grad­u­ate re­cruit­ment when she de­cided she wanted a change in ca­reer. She said: “It’s ev­ery­thing they say it’s go­ing to be. It’s very fast paced plus I teach four­teen dif­fer­ent classes. You don’t have time get scared or worry about the next class. It’s chal­leng­ing but also in­cred­i­bly mo­ti­vat­ing.”

Char­lotte grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Leeds with a de­gree in maths and fi­nance.

She hit the class­room fresh out of univer­sity af­ter be­ing hooked by a pro­gramme on the BBC about Teach First called Tough Young Teach­ers.

“It was choice be­tween a PGCE and Teach First. I felt like this would be a bet­ter use of my time,” says Char­lotte. Teach First work with less priv­i­leged stu­dents. You come in with a pur­pose to help stu­dents and help de­crease the gap.

“I love the kids and I’ve got to know all of them. Maths is the dreaded sub­ject and the chal­lenge is to make it en­gag­ing for kids.”

Kat Rolle, from Lon­don, had worked in mu­sic jour­nal­ism, pub­lish­ing and taught English in Madrid be­fore she took the plunge with Teach First in 2014.

Kat, who is now in her se­cond year teach­ing Mod­ern For­eign Lan­guages, said: “I had al­ready done some teach­ing in Madrid and I didn’t want to waste a year do­ing a PGCE.

“Teach First has been great. It has been re­ally dif­fi­cult at times but over­all it has been amaz­ing.”

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