My name is Luke, and at the moment I’m a trainee secondary school teacher in the subject of Maths.
I graduated from the University of Warwick in 2010 after four years of studying a law degree, and went on from then to work for the Liberal Democrats, a party I’ve been a member of since October 2004. I worked for the Lib Dems for almost exactly two years, running their election campaigns in the Cambridge constituency. This was a job I really enjoyed doing, but by the end of my first year in the job I had started to think it wasn’t what I wanted to do long term, so I revisited a thought that had been with me since my final year at university: teaching.
Without a degree in Maths, I qualified for an SKE course, which stands for Subject Knowledge Enhancement, and that is what I am doing at the moment (2012/13 academic year in case I don’t get around to updating this post!)
So at the moment I’m spending a year revisiting the mathematics that I learnt years ago in order to bring my standard up to that required of a teacher, whilst at the same time learning how best to teach these topics to pupils. We also have weekly ‘Maths Education’ lessons, and the course is very much focussed on being an introduction to teaching, not just a Maths top-up course.
I start my first School Experience placements at the end of Feb 2013, for which I cannot wait, and then the PGCE year starts in earnest in September 2013.
I’ll be using this blog to talk about my experiences in the classroom, and interesting pieces I’ve learnt through my pedagogical study.
I am available as a private tutor for people in the Solihull/Birmingham area. Do get in touch if you’re interested.