Some might say that the teacher training year can be tough. Tough but extremely rewarding of course!
But we never forget that each individual trainee will have a busy and eventful world of their own away from the training year.
Karl Townsend, a former MEITT Chemistry trainee (2020-2021) and now an ECT at Hylands School, was in just such a position last year. His partner was pregnant for a large part of his training, and his first-born son, baby Theo, made an appearance on 12th June, just as the course was coming to a close.
He says his teacher training and the impending arrival of Theo made for an unlikely parallel in his two worlds.
While reflecting on his training in his Final Philosophical Statement, he said: "In many ways, I can liken the pregnancy and birth to the training year and my ECT years ahead. Both started with excitement and enthusiasm for preparation, reading and talking with others to gain hints and tips.
"Next came a period of comfortable calm, when things begin to sink in.
"Impatience came next - to become a father for the first time and to get started in a classroom to make my own mistakes and learn from them.
"However, now having some days of parenthood I know that really nothing can prepare you for the reality. I am now expecting the same for the start of my early teaching career!
He added: "Overall, in particularly difficult circumstances, I am proud to have achieved QTS and a PGCE. However, I am most proud to be a father to my son."