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Early Careers Programme - Teacher Feature

Supporting Beginnings, Developing Futures - the Early Careers Framework

Chris Bowie is a Teacher of Geography at Leeds City Academy in his first year of the profession after gaining qualified teacher status. As part of our Early Careers Offer Chris takes part in weekly CPD sessions that are tailored to Early Career Teachers and focus on elements such as Behaviour Management, Instruction and Assessment. He also engages in monthly WRAT CPD sessions that allow him to network and collaborate with fellow Early Career Teachers across the White Rose Academies Trust.

We asked Chris about his experiences during his first term of teaching: As a newer member of staff, how have you found working for Leeds City Academy and the WRAT so far? There is no doubt that beginning a teaching career at Leeds City Academy was the right decision for me. The support I've received from both middle and senior leaders has allowed me to develop a range of skills and gain confidence in the classroom, in particular working with EAL and SEND learners. LCA is more than just a school. I am consistently impressed with the relentless dedication to the communities it serves - a commitment that is embodied by the enthusiasm and joy I see in my students every day. How have you found the ECT WRAT CPD and how has this impacted your classroom practice? The CPD sessions delivered by the WRAT have given me the confidence to take more risks in the classroom by trying new teaching and learning strategies, whilst also building a stronger pedagogical basis for what I’m already confident with. I have recently been experimenting with group work to promote student engagement and develop oracy and social skills. The sessions have also provided an opportunity to engage with colleagues across the trust, share ideas, and collaborate with strategies for classroom management, teaching and learning and day-to-day wellbeing and workload management. How has it been coming back into a school after COVID and delivering back in the classroom? After a somewhat disrupted ITT year, the return to a full timetable in the classroom was certainly a shock to the system! However, the interactions with students, the 'buzz' of the classroom and having fantastic supportive colleagues just meters away makes it more than worthwhile! We would like to thank Chris and all the other Early Career Teachers for their hard work and commitment to developing their practice this term.

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