Beginner Teacher, Intern and Apprentice Blogs

October 16, 2020

As the first couple of cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the UK my role at Leeds East Academy changed dramatically. I have learned first-hand how an organisation can prepare for the unexpected and adapt to the environment around them.

As part of my apprenticeship I ha...

October 8, 2020

Hello, I am back!

I hope you are all well. It has been quite a while since I have done a blog. Ever since March 2020 it has been a rollercoaster due to the Coronavirus and all that it has entailed. During the period of national lockdown, I was able to support staff in a...

September 29, 2020

The class were laughing. Everything I tried to do to get them to focus on their work wasn't working. The students had found my weak spot and they kept going; laughter became refusal to work, which became chaos in the classroom. Someone was going to walk in any minute....

September 22, 2020

Hello all, my name is Mia McTighe and I am an undergraduate student from the University of Leeds reading BA Linguistics and Phonetics. At the University we have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry for our third year, I was lucky enough to be successful in s...

September 14, 2020

Amy Armstrong, University Student, has joined The White Rose Academies Trust on her one year University Industrial Placement. Amy has already begun working closely with the Trust CEO and the Head of Communications and Projects, as a key member of the Central Trust team...

May 11, 2020

'After hopelessness, there is so much hope and after darkness, there is the much brighter sun’. -Rumi

Looking back, just a few months ago work deadlines and to-do lists seemed so trivial. The worries I had then seem like a much wanted distraction from the worries facing...

March 13, 2020

It has been at least two months since I last wrote a blog. I have since completed all exams for this year. During this time I have been able to reflect on my current role and responsibilities and how to develop my role further. This period of reflection I currently hav...

March 13, 2020

Time. Everything we do is measured by time. We are closing in on the end of the second full term. I am seven months into my apprenticeship and next week I will sit my fourth AAT exam. It is evident that we use time as a measure for so many things in life.

March 13, 2020

Since my arrival at Leeds East Academy I have been pleasantly surprised with the administration team and the way they regularly help one another with their roles. To note a few personal experiences: I have supported our human resources administrator in filing, I have c...

March 13, 2020

In my last blog post, I discussed a number of topics and events that had occurred in the organisation. I reflected upon these events and how the changes helped me grow. In this week’s blog post I want to highlight the contrast in feeling after resuming my regular respo...

March 13, 2020

Evolution, adaptation, dynamic, progressive are all synonyms of the word change. We all face change. In our business, staff change, selected suppliers change, student’s grades change, classes change, management changes. A wise man once told me “Changes happen, the ques...

March 13, 2020

Before I started my apprenticeship, I had some pre-conceived ideas of what it was going to be like, specifically with regards to the training I’d receive in and out of the workplace. As I attended college during my first half-term and worked at Leeds East Academy, I st...

March 13, 2020

Studying for an accounting qualification often seems daunting when faced with a new topic. I along with my classmates at college regularly stumble – which isn’t a bad thing – as we are taught new principles. I feel I am at a great advantage because of the range and lev...

March 13, 2020

“Obsess about the why.” That was the advice I and three other apprentices were given during the first Trust apprenticeship meeting with Mr Whitaker.