Top tips from current trainees

Every day you’ll get the chance to inspire young people, use your skills to give something back and close the social and educational disadvantage gap in the North. 

Explore this section to find out what a career in teaching could offer you and to find out some top tips from our current trainees.

Daniel Gibson is a music trainee, a recent graduate and a former Dixons City Academy student.
"My main tip to thrive during your training year is to ask your mentor questions and get as much support as you can from them."

Read Daniel's story here


Faiza Salhi is a science trainee and a mother of four children.
"Always remember you are not alone and when things get tough, seek help.  There is always help and support from everyone at Dixons." 

Read Faiza's story here


Kirsty Wheelhouse is a languages trainee and a recent graduate.
"When applying, you really need to consider if you are aligned with Dixons Academies Trust’s mission and values. The Trust is relentless in providing a wealth of opportunities for their students to challenge social and educational disadvantage. Dixons want to see that you are as values-driven and as aligned to the mission as they are."

Read Kirsty's story here. 


Lucy Allinson is a languages trainee, a recent graduate and a former Dixons City Academy student.
"My top tip for any trainees or applicants would be to stay organised from the beginning and balance your workload by managing your time. It is normal to sometimes feel overwhelmed, especially for anyone who is new to the profession, so being prepared is important."

Read Lucy's story here. 


Natalie Firth is a geography trainee and a recent graduate. 
"It is important to remember that this is your training year – it is not possible to become the outstanding teacher you want to be immediately. However, by training with Dixons Academy Trust, I have been given the best possible guidance and support to help me to become the best teacher I can be."

Read Natalie's story here.


Sumbal Khan is a science trainee and a recent graduate. 
"Teaching is honestly the greatest job in the world and it will continue to shape and develop me as a person. When I’m standing in front of a class, I am teaching more than a topic, I’m teaching students to be better people, to be resilient, confident and take pride in everything they do."

Read Sumbal's story here. 


Taaseen Khan is a science trainee, a recent graduate and former Dixons City Academy student.
"Teaching is the best job in the world. Every day is a unique experience which is full of new challenges and joy and laughter. I will always hold Dixons in high regard for moulding me into the person I am today, through their brilliant teaching of the curriculum and teaching me how to be a good person.  I look forward to doing the same for future generations."

Read Taaseen's story here.

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