John Taylor SCITT trainee, Megan Snell, talks about her application process when applying for the Primary Programme. Megan offers advice on applying early and getting prepared for your upcoming course.
I applied to JTSCITT in October, having taken the summer to complete my research into teacher training. The JTSCITT offered insightful information events, and after attending one, I knew immediately that I wanted to apply for the Primary Programme. The event was great at explaining the whole application process and what would be in store during my training year.
Ensuring I applied early gave me the best chance at securing a place on the programme. I made my application as soon as they came live and had a response super quick! Within a couple of days, Leah was in contact with me and was brilliant at helping me organise an interview date that was convenient for my schedule, as I was working full time.
The application process itself was straight forward and easy to understand. Having attended the information event prior, I knew exactly what to expect so all my questions had been answered and any prior confusion was clarified, and I felt confident going into the application process.
In January, I had my interview and was offered my place on the same day which was so exciting! After a couple of weeks of consideration, I accepted my place. Allowing myself that extra breathing room gave me the confidence that I wasn’t rushing into a decision. Because I applied early, this extra time eased stress and I was grateful to not feel pressured by time.
I’m so glad I applied early as it took a lot of pressure off – it allowed me to have time to attend an event, which made the application process clear, and I had plenty of time to prepare for my interview. I knew I was making the right choice having given myself the time to consider my options after being offered a place, I might not have had as much time to prepare and consider all options if I’d have applied later in the year.
After accepting my place, I was able to dedicate time to prepare for September. I focused on completing additional research to help me when I began my course, whilst having the peace of mind that I had the next steps in place to help me with my future career. Now, just a few weeks into the training programme, I’m loving it! I’m so glad I made the jump, and my confidence has grown ten-fold already.