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