I have thought about being a teacher before. In fact, a few years ago I got a place on a primary school teaching course at Dundee university. At the time I lived in Stirling so figured that it would be entirely feasible to commute for 1.5 h there and back every day. However, the day of the interview changed all that. It took me so long to get there and so long to get back, that I had no choice really than to scrap my plans. If I had only had myself to consider, it wouldn’t have been an issue, however I am a mum of three children, at the time two were at primary school and one at nursery. Mainly because of the childcare issue, I turned down the offer of a place, and waited for ‘the right time’.
Last year my whole family moved. My mum, my sister and her family and us, all moved to Skipton in North Yorkshire. This change in circumstance, along with the fact that now all of my children have started primary school means that I could look again at the option of teaching. Fortunately, I appear to have fallen on my feet because based in Skipton is the Northern Lights Teaching School Alliance and it is through them that I will access my SCITT course starting in September this year.