Megan - PGCE Secondary English

Megan is continuing her professional development with a Master's course alongside her busy and varied teaching career.

What are you studying at UWE?

I graduated from the PGCE Secondary English in 2009, and am now studying for the MA in Teaching and Learning.

How did the PGCE course benefit you?

It gave me an insight into the teaching world and the skills to become an effective teacher.  It was an extremely well structured course with interesting lectures and practical placements with plenty of support from the university.

Where do you currently work?

I currently work at Henbury School, an urban comprehensive in a mixed socio-economic area as a teacher of English and BTEC Creative Media and Assistant Head of House.

Describe your current role

It’s varied! I am an Assistant Head of House so work pastorally but I’m primarily a teacher of English.  I have launched a BTEC in Creative Media also. I teach 11-16 year olds.  It is challenging in a difficult area of Bristol but is so rewarding. I have also worked with PGCE and GTTP (Graduate Teacher Training Programme) students to help them develop in teaching. I work and support several pupils through academic mentoring.  I monitor data and work on improving attendance within the school.

What’s the professional achievement you’ve been most proud of since graduating?

I’ve been really proud at how quickly I’ve developed and worked with such a different range of young people.  I’m proud of the links I have established between the school and local businesses such as The Watershed Media Centre, and BBC.  I appeared on BBC Points West with a group of students after just 6 months of teaching!

What satisfaction do you get from teaching?

Making a difference to young people’s lives.  They may not always want to learn or think it’s worth it but I enjoy instilling the sense of pride and achievement in pupils when they work hard and do well.

What are your career plans for the next few years?

I would like to become Head of Faculty.  I am really interested in developing teaching and learning so that pupils have the best opportunity to achieve.  I enjoy the pastoral side of my work but am keen to improve results and aspirations in the young people I work with. I aim to finish my Masters in Teaching and Learning in the next year or two!

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