Headteacher's Letter - Making choices
Morpeth School’s Headteacher, Ms Reilly, talks about making choices, in the latest issue of Morpeth News:
“I recently spoke to pupils in their assemblies about the choices they make in life and where they can lead to. I, along with other teachers present, told them about the choices we had made that led us to teaching. In my case, I was adamant I did not want to be a teacher because that’s what both of my parents were and I did everything I could to avoid following their path. Needless to say, the calling was too strong, I eventually chose teaching as a profession and I haven’t looked back since.
Helping pupils to make choices about what they do next has been at the forefront of our minds this last half term. For years 8, 9 and 10 the focus has been on which GCSE or pathway courses they will choose; for Year 11s it has been about choosing between BTECs and A-levels, combined with which subjects they should study. Pupils nearing the end of their Sixth Form education face the bigger question of whether to choose the world of work or to continue in education.
The scary part for many of them (and for their parents) is not knowing if they have made the right choice. Hearing about the experiences of fellow teachers it is clear that we don’t always follow a straight path to where we want to be. In my case, I travelled after I left university and took on a series of short term jobs before I became a teacher; to some extent it was as much about finding out what I didn’t want to do, as working out what I really did want to become.
What was clear about all of us who spoke at assembly, was our experiences were only possible due to the opportunities that a solid education had opened up for us. Without it our choices would have been limited. My advice to anyone thinking about what they should do next is to choose what you enjoy and are good at, then keep on practising to get better. And…we very much hope that some of the pupils we teach now may become fellow teachers in the future!”