School Direct Trainee at South Bromsgrove High
After 17 years working in industry, Glynn decided to make the life changing decision to train as a Secondary Physics teacher at South Bromsgrove High.
After so long working in industry, why did you decide to make the change into teaching?
Teaching was something I had in the back of my mind for years and I decided it was now or never. I spent 17 years in the thin film deposition industry in R&D, technical and commercial roles. I didn't want to get to retirement and think 'what if?', so I gave up my job and took it one step at a time.
What are you most passionate about in teaching Physics?
As my background is in physics it felt like a natural progreassion to teach physics. I'd like to use my experience in industry to bring some real world examples into the classroom. I want to get students to punch above their own weight, realise their aspirations and have the chance to aspire.
You went on a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before you started teaching. How did it help in your career?
I did an SKE in physics to refresh my knowledge and understand the level to pitch lessons. The SKE gave me the confidence to teach physics GCSE level and know what level I should be teaching at.
What skills do you feel you will be able to transfer to teaching from your previous career?
The biggest benefit is the 'real world' experience I gained through having a previous career. I feel I can relay how science works in industry to help enhance student learning.
How did you find out about School Direct?
Through the Get into Teaching Website, where I saw the option to speak to an NCTL adviser. South Bromsgrove High was also very supportive in helping me gain some initial experience in the classroom which helped me make the decision to go into teaching and the School Direct programme seemed the right route for me.
What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching?
The look on the kids' faces when they understand something for the first time and then say thank you.
"I didn't want to get to retirement and think 'what if?' So I gave up my job and took it one step at a time"