Apart from its excellent reputation for PGCE studies I chose Edge Hill as it provided the flexible route.
“Apart from its excellent reputation for PGCE studies I chose Edge Hill as it provided the flexible route. I really needed this as I wanted to continue working part-time until the final synoptic placement.
Other things that greatly appealed were the beautiful surroundings, the facilities such as Blackboard (VLE) – which is a great support when you are off-campus – and the Saturday workshops for the main lectures, as this fits in really well with my family life.
It’s my family that have been my inspiration to do this. I started my English degree when my youngest son was just five months old, as I wanted a change of career after selling giftware for 21 years. I wanted to do something that would stretch my academic skills whilst fitting in with my young family and I feel that teaching English has really helped me to understand my son’s needs at school.
My relationship with the tutors is second to none and I have a fantastic rapport with my tutors, Alison and Liz, who have been amazing. I email them my lesson plans and resources each week which they go through and give me constructive feedback and advice.
Doing a PGCE is not easy, but the most reassuring thing is that my tutors are only an email away and they always make me feel good about my capabilities and myself. They offer fantastic and friendly advice and have given me some great starters that I have used a lot and which my classes have loved.”
To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for PGCE Secondary English (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS.