Saadiya Hafeji

“The course has been great, so informative and engaging. You really benefit from tutors who can pass on years’ of classroom experience and make learning fun.”

“Teaching is so much more than just a profession. It allows you to inspire young minds, to change the world for the better and hopefully have the potential to transform lives.

I’ve always wanted to be a teacher and be really creative in the way I teach. My mum has worked in schools since I was small and I had a great experience at my own primary school. I recently found out that my former primary school teacher lectures on this course. She was one of those teachers everyone remembers because they were amazing. She is one of the reasons I want to become a teacher and I hope to someday inspire children in the same way.

Why Edge Hill University? I have friends who graduated from here and really enjoyed it. I also heard that their teaching courses are excellent. Also, when I arrived, I was struck by how scenic it is here. I think that it’s important to have open space to relax in, to be outside among nature.

The course has been great; so informative and engaging. You really benefit from tutors who can pass on years of classroom experience and make learning fun. The other day in our science session we modelled a digestive system using beans, toast and some tights to represent the large intestine. I love exploring new, creative ways to teach and this was one of them.

Using education to help avoid prejudice is something I am passionate about, so for my research specialism I’m looking at religious education, specifically teaching controversial issues. I have a keen interested in RE as a subject anyway but the RE tutor here is very inspiring. She teaches RE in a way I’ve not seen before and I want to do the same to explore issues like 9-11, Islamophobia and the Holocaust. Using a cross-curricular approach in RE, history and drama is a proven effective method. Allowing children to explore issues in a creative way gives them the opportunity to ask questions on subjects they are exposed to through the media in a safe space.

Also, in the first week, we had lectures about coping with workloads and looking after our mental and physical health. The PGCE is quite intense and when you enter the teaching profession you need to ensure you’re looking after yourself as well as the children, so these sessions are vital. Support from other students and tutors is also an important part of that. We’re all passionate about the same thing and it’s great being in a supportive environment.

I’m just starting my first placement at a really good primary school. The children are lovely, the headteacher and staff have been so inviting and friendly, and I’ve been attached to a mentor who will be observing my lessons. I’m really looking forward to getting into the classroom.

If you’re considering this PGCE, go for it! The course is intense and so you need to be organised, disciplined and mentally ready for the jump to postgraduate study. Also, come with an open mind and learn from other people. This is your year to learn, to make mistakes and to figure out what sort of teacher you want to be. Give it your all and qualify with the ability to give your best to the kids. And don’t forget to have fun!”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for PGCE Primary Education with QTS.