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Career Changer: Food Technology


We had the pleasure of meeting Matthew recently and he told us all about his experience training with United Teaching. Matthew is a career changer and teaches Food Technology in Kettering. 

What did you do before starting your teacher training? 

I was a chef! I spent a decade working in hospitality venues across Europe.   


Why did you choose United Teaching for your teacher training? 

I was working as an unqualified teacher at a school that was in partnership with United Teaching National SCITT.  I had seen many graduates of the programme succeed in my school; I wanted stay and work with the students of KBA and formally train with a great team of mentors at the school and United Teaching.  


How did you find your training experience? 

My training experience was fantastic. The support on offer from leaders and peers on the course was great and I left every session fuelled and ready to deliver amazing lessons. 


So, what are you doing now?  

I am currently aspiring to middle leadership; my ambition is to lead a Food Technology department.  I am being supported by my school to complete the National Professional Qualification for Leading Teacher Development, which will help me develop other teachers - a useful qualification for an aspiring head of department!  


What advice would you give to potential trainees? 

My advice would be to trust in yourself and your creativity. You are going into teaching to make a difference to children’s lives. Use your passion and creativity to plan and deliver interesting and challenging lessons. Your students will respond to your enthusiasm and be motivated by it. Good luck! 

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