The Huddersfield Horizon SCITT is led by Emily Beach who is a former Head of Department and Advanced Skills Teacher. Emily outlines her ethos below:
So I always ask the question: “why do you want to become a teacher?” This question allows you to understand and feel an applicant’s vision and passion. I could answer this question in one second: “my English teacher”. See my English teacher, in just one accent, catapulted me away from an inner city Manchester comprehensive to the world of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. He ignited in me a passion and thirst for learning and I wanted to do the same. This journey wasn’t easy, having to repeat a third year at sixth form wasn’t easy but I persevered because I knew that I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to make a difference to the children whose lives were not easy.
In my second year of teaching I was incredibly lucky to be asked to be a mentor for a trainee teacher. Having recently qualified I knew only too well the highs and the lows and I felt a real responsibility, a real pride in supporting the trainee teacher in becoming the practitioner they wanted to be.
And so, as my teaching career has led me into different roles, including departmental, whole school; Teaching School, I now feel incredibly privileged to be doing the two things I love the most: teaching English AND supporting trainee teachers in becoming THE best teachers in-order to make a difference. My joy and passion will always be in the classroom, however, I now have the opportunity to make a difference on more than one level and for that I am eternally grateful.
Supporting Emily is a team of facilitators and tutors who are all practising teachers, many of whom are Specialist Leaders of Education, delivering THE most current research, practice, experience and practical strategies.
Emily will be supported by Claire Benson, the SCITT’s new Business Administrator. Claire will manage the SCITT’s front of house administrative service and will be our students main point of contact. Claire brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in business administration and has a proven record of facilitating excellent support services and managing fast paced office operations. Claire is looking forward to a new challenge and wants to propel the administrative functions of the SCITT to a new level. Claire is excited at the prospect of building strong foundations with students to ensure that those studying at Huddersfield Horizon achieve success and reach their dreams of becoming qualified teachers!