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Louisa Whitworth

Current Job

Teacher of Art, Technology and Textiles

Thames Christian College, London.

Key stages: 3, 4 & 5

Subjects: Art, Textiles, Art Technology, Support in Maths

Training Overview

September 2013 - July 2014

Thames Christian College, London.

Key stages: 3 & 4

Subjects: Art and Design

Training Provider: The Institute of Education

Degree: History of Art and English - The University of Birmingham

Training Experience

I found training with the Institute of Education was a model which really suited me. I found the IoE were extremely supportive. Their staff had a friendly and informal approach and made it very clear that they were on your side. We had regular meetings at the IoE in the first term which gave us a chance to meet others in the same boat and form relationships with our Institute Programme Leaders who continued to provide support, if even in response to a text or phone call throughout the year. There were a lot of hoops to jump through paper-work wise with the School Direct Course, and as it was the first year we as students were in the position where we were having to explain to our schools and Mentors there, how it worked. But the staff at the IoE worked hard to make it clear to use how to do this, and remained supportive to make sure we did not struggle in this process. I was in the first year of the School Direct model, so it did have a few teething problems application wise when I started and that side of things was not as straight forward, but once I had made my way to onto the course I found the IoE easy to work within and always quick to respond to enquiries.

I has experience in my School Direct year of Teaching Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, and now am teaching Key Stages 3 and 4.

Engagement with wider school life

I am taking a group of 15 students to Tanzania this October to work with a charity called 'Go Mad Tanzania' to contribute to the work of the charity in the local area - we will be helping to build a goat shed and water pump. Other contributions - A Year 11 Form tutor this year, props for School Play, Art Club - Able Gifted and talented, Leading Assembly and inviting in guests, Lead Christian Union.