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Paul Taylor

Teacher of Food Preparation and Nutrition at Dereham Neatherd High School

What were you doing before studying with the Norfolk Teacher Training Centre (NTTC)?
“I worked as a chef in various hotels and restaurants before becoming Catering Manager at Gresham’s School. Following this, I worked as an Operation Supervisor at City College Norwich. Alongside this, I studied for my degree at City College Norwich before deciding to study at the NTTC.”

Why did you choose the school-based teacher training route at the NTTC?
“NTTC was recommended to me at City College Norwich’s Advice Shop. I called Paul McCann, Director of NTTC, and he was really keen to meet and discuss my options so I went to the open day and signed up from there.”

How did you find studying at the Norfolk Teacher Training Centre? 
“It has been brilliant! Having 4 days in school and 1 day theory really made a big difference to my teaching practice and gave a real insight in to the amount of work that will be required in the job.”

How did the Norfolk Teacher Training Centre support your progression in to your current role?
“I had 2 fantastic placement schools, including the school that I am now employed at, that were set up by the NTTC.”

I had amazing mentors who were trained in how to look after me during the course. They gave me great guidance and support throughout and answers to any questions I’ve had were only an email or text away.”

What are your plans for the future?
“I plan to teach at Dereham Neatherd High School for as long as I possibly can and enjoy going through my NQT year before officially becoming a teacher.”