Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 134
"I FEEL LUCKY TO HAVE FOUND SOMETHING SO FULFILLING"
DILLY NEWTON, 28, IS IN HER SECOND YEAR OF A TEACH FIRST COURSE AND TEACHES MATHS
TO YEARS 7-11 (SECONDARY SCHOOL LEVEL) AT THE MALCOLM ARNOLD ACADEMY IN NORTHAMPTON
actually my third
career and I feel
lucky to have
Yes, it can be
that's what makes it so rewarding!
"I used to play hockey for Great
Britain, but injury kept me out of
the London 2012 and Rio 2016
Olympics, so I decided to retrain in
mental health. I completed a master's
in psychology, after which I worked
with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust
help support disadvantaged young
people and help them realise their
potential. I loved it and thought to
myself, 'Why not go into teaching?'
"I went to boarding school and both
my parents teach, so for me 'going
back to school' felt very natural. I
loved the feeling of community at
school and was lucky that I felt very
inspired by the teachers there.
"I really value the opportunity to
build a relationship of trust with my
pupils so I can give them the same
sort of experience I had. A lot of the
pupils here have been let down by
'responsible' adults in some way, so
it takes a while to gain their trust.
"In the ﬁrst year, I came to
understand quite quickly that it
was just about turning up every
day. That's how I've managed to
gain authority. I'm still young and
physically I'm quite small, so at
ﬁrst I really had to work to instil
a sense of 'I am the boss'. But
this year it has been much easier,
especially as I know my way around
the school now and know where to
access support when I need it.
"Maths didn't come naturally to me
when I was learning and I really had
to work at it. I had a great teacher
who broke it down and made it fun,
and eventually it clicked. I think a lot
of people have mental blocks about
maths and I wanted to see if I could
make sense of it for the pupils I teach.
"I was delighted when I got my
PGCE last year and I'm really excited
about what the future may hold."
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