Amy Strange

PGCE Primary

Amy Strange

The desire to teach finally won out last year and I applied to do a Primary PGCE at Oxford Brookes. Having seen friends and family undertake teacher training, I knew it was going to be intensive, but I wanted to do a PGCE rather than take another route into teaching as I value both the peer support from other students and working in a university setting

Prior to applying to do my PGCE at Oxford Brookes I was a research scientist at Oxford University. I knew that deep down I really wanted to be a primary school teacher but I decided to follow my interest in science.

Prior to applying to do my PGCE at Oxford Brookes I was a research scientist at Oxford University. I knew that deep down I really wanted to be a primary school teacher but I decided to follow my interest in science.

The desire to teach finally won out last year and I applied to do a Primary PGCE at Oxford Brookes. Having seen friends and family undertake teacher training, I knew it was going to be intensive, but I wanted to do a PGCE rather than take another route into teaching as I value both the peer support from other students and working in a university setting.

I was attracted to the PGCE at Oxford Brookes as it offers broad training and there are specific seminars for all curriculum subjects alongside more general sessions concerning aspects of learning and teaching. Since starting the course I have learnt to reflect and evaluate my own performance which has definitely enabled me to develop my teaching style.

The tutors on the course have been really supportive and full of encouragement during an intense year and there is always someone to talk to should any problems arise. The best part of the course is that the staff are so passionate about their subjects and are great facilitators of learning. There is a fun atmosphere combined with a strong work ethos on the course and there is great camaraderie between the students.

In the future I look forward to being in a school and having my own class to teach. Eventually I imagine perhaps moving into educational research or going into school leadership.