The one thing I always said at school was that I was NEVER NEVER going to be a teacher! I didn’t know what my career plans were, mind you, but I was certain about that. I really did end up in the profession by accident – but here I am, twenty years on, and (mostly) loving it.
Well this is a good time to start a blog – we’ve just finished the first half term so there’s a chance to draw breath. This is always a busy time of year for everyone, with a new timetable, sometimes new schemes of work and new classes to get to grips with (why am I still bad at remembering names?) so this half term’s particularly appreciated.
It’s a particularly busy one for me as I am involved in helping our sixth-formers with their university applications – discussing the pros and cons of different courses, different universities and reading endless personal statements where the kids do their best to convey their passion for Medicine or Marketing, Mathematics or Music. We’ve even got one this year who is considering an OU degree – I will be interested to see if that’s a growing trend with university fees being as they are these days.
So – a rest from school now, though enlivened with emails from kids to discuss BMAT essays (that’s the “Biomedical Admissions Test” for prospective medical students – they’re sitting it after half term and getting a bit stressed). Oh, and I’d better get that outstanding pile of A-level marking done too, I suppose!