I graduated from CTG in 2007. I remember my mentor, who has actually been my line manager ever since! I recall having lots of people to go to for help and support and how willing everybody was to help and pass on their experiences and feedback. By the end of my CTG year I was a confident teacher. I didn’t feel like a trainee or somebody who had dipped in and out of placements, I had completed one academic year in a school and had gained experience of every aspect of school life. The gradual process of going from observing lessons, to team teaching, and to gradually teaching more and more on my own really set me up well for my NQT year. My CTG year was the best start I could have hoped for. In my second year I was ready to be a Head of Year, which I did for six years. Currently I am an Assistant Headteacher, in charge of support for learning, inclusion and safeguarding.