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Ashleigh Tharpe: English trainee

Ashleigh Tharpe: English trainee

Cohort 2018/19

11th March 2019

I have relished the study of English for as long as I can remember. Profound memories of myself resurface as a Y7 student performing scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream during a bustling Period 5 lesson with Ms Lorenz. I recollect analysing the admirable and courageous acts of Atticus Finch during a ‘vitally important’ Y11 lesson with straight-talking-no-nonsense-taking Ms Kearney. I vividly remember entering a creative writing competition and how proud I felt as my teacher read-out my ‘mini saga’ from the published bookto rest of the class.  As I recall the great satisfaction of my academic study of English, I find there to be a common thread behind it all: the passionate teachers. My teachers had shown great passion for the subject which has had a long-lasting effect. 

As a trainee, I am developing ways to show my passion for the subject, not simply by supporting the improvement of data through assessment but by working towards exposing students to the rich, enthralling and vast content that English language and Literature has to offer.   

Harris ITE are doing a great job in supporting me as I transition from the role of a student to that of a teacher. The experience so far has been challenging, to say the least, but the desire to do right by each student and to stir up a passion for each topic is a primary driving force that encourages me every day.  

Prior to my training year, I worked as a full-time mentor with City Year UK where it was my job to support Y10 students with their academic progress, attendance and behaviour. Alongside being a student mentor, I was working part-time as an English tutor: supporting GCSE students; adults learning English as a second language; and copy editing an autobiography for a successful engineer. It was my exposure to the school environment and my enjoyment in the subject, which led me to train and to work towards qualifying as an English teacher with Harris ITE.  

I still have a lot to learn but I can appreciate the development that I have made over the past 6 months!