A year on from the PGDE

Aaron completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Education (FE and Skills) in the summer of 2018. He started working for Her Majesty’s Prison Service in Birmingham only a month after finishing the course. He catches up with CLL to share how he is getting on with his NQT year, which is the second year of teachers training and the induction year for Newly Qualified Teachers. 

“My NQT year is not what I expected it to be, mainly because I started my first teaching post within a prison. I thought the learners would be more challenging, but they are great to work with, so I think my NQT year is going really well.

The paperwork side of the job has been difficult and I have found myself becoming weighed down by a mountain of paperwork at times but most of the time I keep on top of it.

The placements on the course showed what teaching could be like but they were very controlled which helped me to experiment with teaching techniquesThere are far too many other useful tools to mention. The team gave me so many teaching strategies and techniques to use that I feel confident going into any education role.

Overall, it felt fantastic to complete the PGDE as it was such a stressful year with all of the assignments and placements but I learned so much from it. I would like to add that the teaching staff, specifically Debbie and Penny were fantastic.”


About the Blogger

Aaron is a graduate of our PGDE (FE and Skills)  A Teachers Training course for those wishing to work in the for Further Education and Skills sector, which we run at the Centre for Lifelong Learning.

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