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‘I want to show pupils that learning is a wonderful thing’ – View from NQT Alison

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Alison Fraser joined Ravens Academy in Clacton-On-Sea in September 2016. She joined the school, part of Academy Transformation Trust, as an NQT and teaches year three primary children across the curriculum.

Originally from Dagenham, Alison lives in Dovercourt with her partner and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking her dog, and visiting nature reserves.

 In this first instalment, we hear about Alison’s path to becoming a teacher and her aspirations for her pupils.

Teaching has always been a dream of mine from a young age but after having my son at the age of 17, I decided to put my teaching dreams to one side for a while.

I became a teaching assistant at Mayflower Primary School in Essex where my son was a pupil. I was there for 14 years supporting with a range of subjects including ICT and swimming. During my time there, I also had my daughter.

I would say my teaching career took off around seven years ago when I felt my children were old enough. I felt that was my time to focus on what I wanted to do, and I was determined to go to university and get my teaching degree.

In 2007, I started my six-year literature degree at The Open University in Milton Keynes. I then went on to The Tendring Hundred SCITT programme to complete a one-year School-Centred Initial Teacher Training course.

During my training year, I undertook a placement at Ravens Academy. I enjoyed working with both the staff and children and it seemed like the right fit for me. Needless to say when I was offered a job, I said yes.

I found my first day at the academy exciting and scary but my colleagues made me feel at home and so far I am really enjoying it.

Now that I have settled in, I am keen to introduce more after-school activities and I have just started a science club which the pupils are really enjoying.

I am looking forward to making a difference and showing the children that learning is a wonderful thing. I am keen to implement that positive attitude so that they can look forward to coming to school!

Look out for future blogs from Alison as we follow her journey through the NQT year.

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