Gillotts Teacher Backs in Get into Teaching Campaign Film

Sarah McHugh, a Gillotts School Physics teacher is backing a new Get into Teaching campaign film launched today.

Sarah started teaching as an NQT in 2002 at Cherwell in Oxford City Centre. She started at Gillotts in September 2005. Sarah said, “I got involved with the film because part of my role at Gillotts is training teachers (primary and secondary) for Oxfordshire Teacher training SCITT; we are the southern hub. I am also involved in marketing for teacher training. It’s perfect for me because I genuinely adore what I do and sharing something you love is always fun. Essentially, if you thrive on novelty, making the complex simple and get a kick out of helping people to understand things that are really important, then teaching is for you.”

New market research released today reveals that more than two fifths (46%) of adults surveyed in Oxford work in a job or career related to one of their favourite subjects from their time at school.

Commenting about Physics, her favourite subject Sarah said, “I love Physics because it helps you understand the world around you and that can be pretty magical – did you know (for example) that each and everyone of us is made of stardust? Fascinating stuff aside, it’s based around a few core principles which means there is not much to learn but what you do learn can be applied in lots and lots of different contexts. It’s this bit that I think is really good for children because you might not know the answer straight away but if you go back to what you do know then you can often figure it out and I think that is a valuable tactic – focussing on what you do know rather than what you don’t.”

The findings coincide with the launch the new film featuring contributions from a variety of teachers from schools across the country, capturing what they love most about the subjects they teach, and how they engage and inspire students every day. Created in collaboration with the national Get into Teaching campaign, the heart-warming film – called ‘My Favourite Subject’ – highlights how teachers use their energy and creativity to bring their subjects to life and shows other people how they could use their passion for a subject to inspire the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, artists, and linguists.

Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching campaign and a National Leader of Education, said, “Our research shows the impact that good teachers can have on their students, way beyond the classroom years. For many of us, school subjects ignite interests, which evolve into passions and often lead us to the careers we choose later in life.

“When it comes to teaching as a career, you not only get to immerse yourself in a subject you’re passionate about every day, but you are also in the unique position where you can channel this enthusiasm to inspire others in the classroom. What stands out in our new film ‘My Favourite Subject’, is how teachers thrive on sparking the curiosity of their students, through their own enthusiasm and energy for what is their own favourite subject. It’s truly inspiring.

“I would encourage anyone with a passion for a particular topic or subject to consider teaching and search Get Into Teaching to find out more.”

Sarah added, “Helping to shape the lives of the next generation on a daily basis is a real privilege. For me, you can’t beat the moments you see a student’s face light up when they learn something new in one of your lessons.

“What I love most about my subject is how hard it seems at first and how you think, “I can’t do that!” but then if you stop and think about what you do know – rather than what you don’t – you can often get to an answer that makes sense. That is hard for some children because you need to be confident but teaching them that skill is so important – for physics but also for life!

“I would encourage anyone thinking about their next steps who has the passion and potential to teach to find out more about making it their career.”

The Get Into Teaching service has experienced advisers available to give free support and advice about training to teach. As a new teacher, you’ll start on a minimum salary of £25,000 to £32,000 depending on location.

To register your interest in teaching and find out more about initial teacher training starting from September, visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk or call the Get Into Teaching line on 0800 389 2500.