saw this as "a fantastic chance to learn new ideas to take to my first teaching
job." This route provides students with two teaching placements in mainstream
schools as well as an experience in a totally different setting. The diversity
of experiences aims to expand the skills gained by students, with the ultimate
aim of helping them become the best teachers they can.
alternative educational placement Cath decided on was at a national charity
that helps promote sustainability and global citizenship in schools. They aim
to help teachers realise the importance of teaching outside the school
environment and teaching children how to live in a greener way.
were values that were reinforced while studying the course. "Another fun and
extremely interesting part of the course has been the Integrated Day. I was
very lucky and got to visit St Paul's Cathedral. We were given a tour of the
cathedral by the Head of Education – a man who admitted he adored the place. He
also spoke to us about the tours and workshops that St Paul's provide for
children and schools. It was a really worthwhile day and opened my eyes to the
resources and trips that are available for schools."
'Haven't stopped smiling'
views the highlight of her course at LSBU as her first teaching placement. "I was
lucky enough to be at a school with a really passionate Head Teacher and
Assistant Head who inspired me throughout my six week placement. The teaching
strategies and skills I learnt were invaluable and the confidence that the
staff had in my teaching enabled me to develop both as a teacher and a
professional. I was graded 'very good' at the end of the placement and haven't
stopped smiling at my achievement yet!"
it wasn't just on placement that Cath was able to develop her skills and
readiness for the classroom. English sessions were the class she most looked
forward to. "My English lecturer, and other staff at South Bank, are so
passionate about their subjects and really inspired me to work hard. English at
LSBU includes so much, for example, lessons in the importance of visual
literacy like films and videos and storytelling as an important cross-curricular
and creative part of lessons."
Prepared for the classroom
The course aims to ensure
students are ready to enter the classroom on graduation. Although placements
are a large part of this, there are other challenges. Time management is vital for
teachers and Cath believes she is now well prepared for this due to the PGCE. "I
think the main challenge throughout this course has been managing my time.
There is a lot to do throughout this PGCE course and I really had to focus
myself to fit it all in."