Voluntary classroom experience contributed towards my teaching qualification

August 02, 2018 by Tas F
Image Having spent some years as a University lecturer, Sara A decided to switch to secondary teaching.  Here she tells us about the challenges she faced in obtaining  classroom experience independently and how her time spent volunteering with the Tutorfair Foundation contributed to her QTLS.

Sara joined the Tutorfair network as a private tutor after deciding on a career change.  Whilst her tutoring career took off, Sara tried to arrange school experience independently.

Like many people getting into teaching later in their lives and given her wealth of experience as a lecturer, Sara thought this transition would be easy.  Several applications later, she remained without the required classroom experience!

Our voluntary classroom opportunities

Sara  reached out to the Foundation team and requested help for voluntary classroom experience in biology.  A few days later, she was placed with Lambeth Academy where she provided support to a class of Year 13 students.

A few weeks into her placement, Sara extended support to a second classroom.  She worked closely with the learning coordinator and the two biology teachers, Vicky and Blyth.

"I felt appreciated at both Tutorfair and Lambeth Academy," she says.  "It's really difficult to find great teachers to collaborate with as they have a tough job and a lot on!  The Foundation partners have been absolutely great and provided valuable feedback!"

Working with Tutorfair partners, i.e.  the school, Sara was able to complete the observation needed for her QTLS qualification.  ***At the the time writing this blog, Sara had received her QTLS certificate.  Congratulations!

Rewards of volunteering

"Tutorfair Foundation has been better than any other agencies that I have worked with!" says Sara.  "The process is efficient and I feel lucky to be part of such fantastic team."  Sara feels fortunate for being able to help children with their A-Level exams.

Helping these children achieve their A-Level is of immense pride to Sara, who further adds that if she can make the tiniest difference in their lives, she has achieved the ultimate reward!

To aspiring volunteers

Like many volunteers, Sara has thoroughly enjoyed her volunteering experience and highly recommends it.

"Give it a go!  It's best to go in and be thrown in the deep end.  That's the best way to find out because you don't really know until you've tried it!  Even if teaching is not for you, the life experience you gain is really worth it!"

Lastly, Sara says, "The Tutorfair Foundation opportunity is gold dust - seize it!"
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