Susan Bone

PGCE Further Education and Training

It is with thanks to Edge Hill that I have accomplished what I set out to do, whilst also having some great experiences and making several new friends. More importantly, I have also developed a real passion for my work.

“I had always wanted to enter the teaching profession and so, after reviewing my career as a consultant, felt the time had come to make this a reality and joined the PGCE in Further Education and Training at Edge Hill University.

During my studies I have found that although the course comprises a lot of hard work, it does provide you with the high quality training and essential experience to become a professional teacher. Alongside this, I have been provided with excellent support throughout from all the teaching staff within the University.

Whilst on the course my personal tutor advised me to complete an academic psychological profile through Student Services, the results identifying dyslexia and problems with my processing of information. This knowledge will now help me to further understand the individual, sometimes complex, needs of my students and enable me to develop techniques that will help them overcome their issues and develop their confidence.

As part of my practical placement I have been teaching an all-male cohort, made up of individuals who have their own learning needs. As a group they have mostly failed at school and admit to disliking education, so I am using the skills I have gained at Edge Hill to change their outlook and provide them with a positive and enjoyable experience, while also teaching my specialist subject. I’ve now witnessed results and watched them acquire confidence, develop social skills and gain a mutual trust and respect for each other. They all admit to now enjoying college and are achieving, which I am very proud about.

It is with thanks to Edge Hill that I have accomplished what I set out to do, whilst also having some great experiences and making several new friends. More importantly, I have also developed a real passion for my work and am currently in the process of discussing a full-time opportunity for when I graduate.”

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