Name: George Slater
Years Attended: 2010 – 2012
Current Job: Teacher of Business Studies at Cardinal Newman College
Subjects Studied at Cardinal Newman: A Levels in Business Studies, PE and English Language
Newman Alum George Slater left Cardinal Newman in 2012, having studied A Levels in Business Studies, PE and English Language, and went off to UCLan to study a degree in Business and Management, for which he earned a first class honours.
Following his success at University, George decided to apply for the School Direct programme at Newman as he felt the partnership of Edge Hill, the UK’s leading Teacher Training University, and Cardinal Newman, one of the top sixth form’s in the country, was unparalleled.
George says: “What has been really great about the School Direct Programme is that the teachers that are teaching you are really dedicated to helping you to realise your full potential as a teacher. They help you to recognise your strengths but also highlight any areas where you could improve, and work with you to make those improvements. Training to be a teacher is challenging and you need to be resilient, but it prepares you to become the best teacher you can be.”
George successfully joined the scheme in 2015 as part of the Business Studies Department where he spent a year working towards his teaching qualifications.
Upon completion of the School Direct Programme, George applied for a vacant position at the College as a teacher of Business Studies. Following a rigorous selection process, he started his first full time teaching role as an NQT at Cardinal Newman in September 2016.
George says: “One of the main things I remember about my time at Newman is that teachers always made time for us students; which is something that I want to recreate for my students. My teachers helped me with extra lessons, applications for part-time jobs and applications for university. The high standards of work expected from me at Newman definitely helped me to settle in to university life seamlessly. My first teaching post is going really well, there’s lots of work but I’m enjoying it. I’m lucky to be surrounded by many supportive members of staff in the Business department. They have helped minimise my stress throughout the transition from trainee to NQT.”