“Knowing that you might be a positive part of someone’s journey, no matter what road they decide to take in life, is just the most rewarding feeling there is. It really touches my heart.”
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Teaching proves the perfect cure for ex-nurse Tamanna
Teacher training is proving to be the perfect remedy for a former nurse who has decided to swap the hospital ward for a Bradford classroom.
31-year-old Tamanna Fatima gave up a nursing career when she started a family and decided that shifts no longer suited her home life.
And now, midway through her training year, she is thriving in her new environment at Hanson Secondary School in Bradford.
“I always found night shifts as a nurse quite difficult and it became impossible for me once I had my daughter,” explains Tamanna.
“I decided I wanted to try my hand at teaching but instead of going into it straight away I wanted to try and get a bit of a feel for what it was like so I took a role as a learning support assistant at Hanson.”
There, Tamanna spent a year working mainly with children with special educational needs and building up her classroom confidence, before deciding to take the plunge and train to be a fully qualified teacher.
“I soon found that I loved working with the children and seeing their progress was just amazing,” she says.
“I spoke to some of my colleagues and they were incredibly supportive about me going for my teaching qualification.”
Following advice from the school’s professional mentor and trainees she worked with, Tamanna decided to take a hands-on approach to her training by signing up for a 12-month qualification with Gorse School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT).
“I thought that route suited me better than doing a PGCE because I prefer to be as school-based as possible.
“I started in September and obviously the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on how much time I’ve been able to spend in the school but I’m still loving every minute.”
SCITT courses normally entail spending the majority of time in the classroom. However, due to the national lockdowns, Tamanna has been developing her remote teaching skills and attending the school one day a week to support vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers.
She says: “It’s certainly been a roller-coaster and I never expected my training year to be like this – but both the SCITT and the school have been fantastic in terms of pushing through and providing me with first class support and guidance.
“It’s great that Hanson have allowed me to do at least some live teaching during lockdown and on top of that I’ve also been lucky enough to hear from some amazing speakers over the past few months.”
Tamanna is currently applying for jobs in order to secure a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) spot for next year, but she has no plans to leave the city that’s opened the door to her new career.
“It’s just so nice to be an inspiration to young people and Bradford is full of opportunities to make a real difference,” she says.
“Knowing that you might be a positive part of someone’s journey, no matter what road they decide to take in life, is just the most rewarding feeling there is. It really touches my heart.”< Back to all news stories