Adam White - PGCE Secondary ITE, History

When Adam was deciding where to do his PGCE, the practical focus of the course at UWE Bristol stood out.

“I wanted to play a part in children’s learning – and having enjoyed studying history myself, teaching the subject at secondary level felt like the ideal fit for me.

"A lot of other PGCE courses I looked at seemed to be stuck in the theory, whereas at UWE Bristol it was practically-led. That was the most important aspect for me. I wanted that connection into the local education sector, and that’s exactly what the course gave me.

"The University has strong connections with local secondary and primary schools and much of what we did was in partnership with them. For instance, there were special days where school children were invited in and we could try out our teaching skills. We also went on a field trip to York, looking at how to teach history outside the classroom.

"My personal tutor was a great source of support and was always there to guide me and help me find my own way"

"I did two formal placements in local secondary schools during the year, and also some shorter ones. That side of things was well-organised, and the contact with our tutors was consistently strong, so I felt well connected to the University even when on placement.

"I went straight into work after qualifying, teaching history at a secondary school and I’ve since moved to another school in the same role.

"I try to be a reflective practitioner, to try out new ideas and bring new techniques into how I teach – all things that were instilled in me strongly at UWE Bristol.

"The best part for me is being there to see a difference in pupils. Even when it’s stressful or busy, that feeling of being part of someone’s journey, of seeing them grow and develop, that’s what makes it all worthwhile.”

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