Joel Wood graduated from our first School Direct programme in 2012/13. He trained at Emmanuel, and then worked at a variety of schools in the North East, including a “very enjoyable” year at Stokesley School in North Yorkshire. We are delighted that he returned to Emmanuel in 2015.

Joel, who teaches in the RE department including on the Philosophy, Theology and Ethics VI Form course, reflected on his training:

“Training at Emmanuel equipped me with all the skills I needed to be an effective teacher of RE. I learnt the value of having high expectations of students, as there were high expectations of me, coupled with high levels of support. I was stretched intellectually and emotionally, and developed not only as a teacher, but as a person.”