Francine McPhail

PGCE Secondary History (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

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I have no doubt that studying my PGCE at Edge Hill has enabled me to develop as a teacher and led directly to the new job I am about to start.

“After gaining a degree in History and Criminology I looked at universities where I could undertake a PGCE in History. I chose Edge Hill because I had always considered it to be the best in the field, they have a great reputation for teacher training and the course tutors had been highly recommended to me as being innovative and supportive professionals.

As I now approach the end of the course the high expectations I had at the start have been surpassed. The PGCE has included excellent teaching in subject sessions, as well as in group activities with trainees from across the faculty. There have also been guest speakers who have influenced my teaching and brought an awareness of many aspects of the profession which complement the academic perspective.

Alongside the fantastic programme of study we have visited castles and the battlefields of France and Belgium. This has been to further enrich our training and prepare us to take pupils on field trips ourselves, an experience which I feel has been invaluable for my future teaching career.

The programme has also involved placements in two outstanding schools, both of which were near to my home. During these placements I had fantastic mentors who were always there to give advice and support to help develop my teaching. I was able to test the skills learnt at university and see the benefits of different classroom strategies.

Another great aspect of the programme is that it has enabled me to build a really good support network, made up of course friends, teaching colleagues and tutors.

I think schools really value trainees from this university and I have been fortunate to secure a job at my second placement school, which I am very excited about. I have no doubt that studying my PGCE at Edge Hill has enabled me to develop as a teacher and led directly to the new job I am about to start.”

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