Roisin O’Donnell

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

I am now looking forward to securing my first teaching role and continue with my professional development even further.

“I was attracted to studying at Edge Hill after reading that the University had achieved Grade 1˜Outstanding’ in its most recent Ofsted inspection.

In addition to this I liked how the PGCE Secondary Music course is structured and how, through the excellent relationships Edge Hill has with its partner schools and colleges, your placement is matched to your training needs.

On my first placement I spent four days per week in a school. Initially I observed lessons until I became familiar with the pupils and school environment and then I began leading short pre-lesson starter activities. This then progressed to me team-teaching with my mentor before planning and teaching full lessons on my own, by the second term I was teaching a 50 percent timetable. I am now undertaking my second placement which consists of being in school five days per week and teaching a 75 percent timetable, approximately 15 lessons per week.

Throughout both placements I have been assigned to a class where I am responsible for taking registration and teaching Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). I also meet regularly with my Curriculum Mentor to discuss my progress and targets, as well as meet with my Professional Mentor and trainees from other subjects to receive broader professional development advice.

During the PGCE I have gained a wide range of opportunities and experiences in a variety of settings, including special educational needs schools, primary schools and sixth form colleges, whilst the assignments have been planned in such a way that I have never felt swamped by the workload.

I would say that this course has made me a much more confident and organised person who is ambitious and eager to succeed. I am now looking forward to securing my first teaching role and continue with my professional development even further.”

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