student, Danielle Whittle is doing her teacher training here at the University
Centre, Wigan & Leigh College.
got her psychology degree from Lancaster University, she worked in insurance
for a few years. However, she discovered that the career path wasn’t for her.
however provide her the opportunity to run some training sessions from which
she found teaching was more of a passion.
down with Danielle to find out what it’s like to be a teacher trainer studying
happens before you start the course?
You get a little presentation about what the course consists
of and what is expected of you and from the course. We did a team exercise to
discuss what the role of a teacher consists of.
You then have a written task about what inspires you to be a teacher.
Then there’s an informal interview to discuss what you expect from the course
and other details and course information.
the course been like?
The course is really intense. It’s been good and is a steep learning curve. You have moments were you think it’s’ going to be hard and it’s such a roller-coaster but it’s all worth it in the end because you gain so much from it in terms of experience and my knowledge and confidence has grown so much from doing this.
What do you do on the course?
The course is split into two stages – we have to build up a portfolio of evidence which includes recording lesson plans and how many hours you’re doing. This is alongside assignments and coursework built around responsibilities of a teacher, safeguarding, behaviour management and differentiation. These are all varied in terms of what they are – for example there is a report, a presentation, a voice over presentation and action research into our own teaching practice.
We get to do a quite a few micro teaches within our peer
group which helps to break the ice and grows your confidence and we get plenty
of feedback from tutors and each other which helps development.
you get your placement hours?
managed to get my placement teaching hours in the Access to HE department at
Wigan & Leigh College where I teach psychology and sociology two and a half
days a week while being a PGCE student for two days.
What do you like
Being able to help students and getting them from A to B.
Doing everything you can to help them gain the skills and confidence they need
to get to university.
Have you found a
teaching role after you become newly qualified?
Yes, I secured a teaching position at Rochdale Sixth Form
College which I will start after the summer holidays as a newly qualified
teacher teaching A Level Psychology. I was surprised to get the job because it
was A level but doing my hours on the Access course I think has opened up
employability doors for me.
I have also applied to do some exam marking for AQA to get
some experience in marking over summer.
I am very excited, albeit a little nervous to start my new
job, but raring to go!
Would you recommend
studying your PGCE here at the University Centre, Wigan & Leigh College?
I would recommend the course especially when comparing
against universities. It has benefits for me because I can do my placement and
studies in the same contained place and it’s local to where I live. I feel it’s
very supportive and with there being small class sizes, everybody is close and
you bond well and we all support each other as the course can be hard at times.
For more information about teacher training, come along to our next HE Advice and Enrolment event on 25th June. You can also register by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/2HhZ7P0