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Why did I choose teaching?

Posted by Richard Endacott on Tuesday, 1 May 2018
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Kick-starting a career in education is just like jumping aboard any working industry; it’s the tactics you use that are key to your success!

To understand how to get there, you first need to understand where you came from. From University I joined the corporate world, firstly in recruitment and then as a buyer. Following on from an unexpected redundancy, I really started to think seriously about teaching as a career. With this seed planted, I visited the local school, to ask, "How do I get into teaching". Following a brief conversation, I was offered a role as a trainee teacher of History and Politics on the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP). 

In the early stages, I attended the class of an established teacher. It was a different world to what I had experienced previously. His teaching style is not one which would tick many boxes in the Ofsted framework, but certainly engaged the students. Using this as a stimulus for my own practice, I was soon given my own class and I found myself standing confidently in front of groups of 30 students; it was a natural transition for me.


"...students who were engaged in a number of activities across an expansive atrium"


I was advised to look for opportunities to build my CV within a school, leading me to  become Head of Cricket where I took a group of students off to Barbados in my NQT year on tour. By demonstrating motivation, organisation and determination through the extra-curricular activities, I was promoted to Head of Department in addition to Head of House.

After a very successful 11 years, I knew it was time to move on. So I found myself looking for other opportunities available to me. I found a role, as a Head of Sixth Form. This was a very exciting development for me because it was my first experience of real school leadership. To ensure I was making the right decision, before submitting the application, I visited the school to try and get a real feel for the vibe and the ethos of the school.

What I found was a group of students who were engaged in a number of activities across an expansive atrium. Immediately I said to myself that this is a school that I can see myself in. And this is a school which is really going to develop my career. So, I made the move!

The interview itself, having never had a teaching interview, was a very intimidating experience. My previous role had been given to me, purely because I knew them and they knew me. Whereas this time round, I was subjected to a full day's interview, with In-tray exercises, a lesson and an interview with the Governors in addition to a student panel.

Thanks to the preparatory work I had put in, the interview was a very positive experience. Following this, I was thrilled to be awarded the position and was ready to take advantage of the opportunities available for my next step.



About our Community Expert


Richard Endacott

Career Development Lead

Richard is a history Teacher by Training and for the last few years been head of sixth form. His specialism is leadership and career development in the classroom.

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