James Lindsay

PGCE Secondary Business Education (Age Phase 14-19) with QTS

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Edge Hill has provided me with detailed advice on searching for jobs and preparing for interviews, which I was able to put into practice to secure a position teaching Business and Economics.

“My motivation to teach stems from my own very positive experiences at school. As a teacher I want to inspire pupils in the same way I was encouraged, as well as give them the self-confidence to work independently and achieve.

So far, the most rewarding part of the PGCE has been working as part of a team to deliver a fair trade enterprise day for 80 pupils. The event was very successful and resulted in pupils planning, filming and screening their own television advertisements based on the creation of a new chocolate bar.

I’ve also taken part in a wide range of other practical activities such as trips, seminars and school visits, all of which have helped me to gain a deeper and holistic understanding of what happens in the classroom and wider school environment.

Overall, the best thing about this course is the way we are challenged on a daily basis to plan lessons, manage our workload and teach across different age groups, all of which is followed by the reward of a successful lesson where students are engaged and make progress in their learning.

As well as this, being in regular contact with other students in the same position is great for sharing best practice and lesson ideas, which definitely contributes to your development. I really believe the course has equipped me with the skills to become an outstanding and innovative teacher and the opportunity to have an extremely rewarding career.

Alongside my studies Edge Hill has provided me with detailed advice on searching for jobs and preparing for interviews, which I was able to put into practice to secure a position teaching Business and Economics at a high school and sixth form college.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for PGCE Secondary Business Education (Age Phase 14-19) with QTS.