Amy Jones

PGCE Secondary Design and Technology (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

Teaching isn’t just a job; it’s a vocation and so I really do think you have to enjoy being in school, taking part in school life and mixing with both staff and students.

“Apart from its really good reputation, I was also attracted to Edge Hill because of positive feedback from friends who had been here as student teachers. They told me the place was very student centred and the staff extremely supportive, which appealed because I was aware of just how busy and difficult your PGCE year can be.

The best thing about the course is the time spent in school. Teaching isn’t just a job; it’s a vocation and so I really do think you have to enjoy being in school, taking part in school life and mixing with both staff and students.

The PGCE is a very, very demanding course though and not for the faint hearted – on the advice of my course leader, I had gained quite a lot of experience in schools before starting on the course, and this definitely stood me in good stead as I was well-prepared for going into schools on my first placement.

Also, I would say having the support of your peers is very important. The university-based sessions at the start of the year help you build up friendships that prove invaluable later on when you need help, advice and support from others who are in exactly the same situation and going through the same emotions.

I really enjoy teaching food technology and think that it’s such a valuable skill being able to make informed dietary choices and to be able to cook healthy food for yourself. I hope my enthusiasm inspires more students to take more interest in their diets and, having just secured my first permanent post at a school in St Helens, I can’t wait to get started.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for PGCE Secondary Design and Technology (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS.