I was attracted to the University of Birmingham’s PGCE course after speaking to several former students who assured me that the course would offer me a high quality of education and invaluable classroom experiences that would fully prepare and propel me into a career in teaching.
Having completed my undergraduate, Masters and PhD at the University between 1991 and 1999, I was already familiar with its facilities, reputation and vibrant environment and, being a Birmingham resident, it was the obvious choice.
The PGCE benefits from an extremely supportive and expert team of lecturers that guide and nurture the students on what is a very intense and demanding year of training. The course also has excellent links with a wide variety of Schools in the region and its students are held in very high regard, which is highly beneficial to students when trying to secure NQT placements. I myself have directly benefitted from this as I have just secured my NQT placement at a local community School where I am currently completing my second block placement practice.
My ultimate career goal is to become a Head Teacher within an inner city Primary School, particularly one that caters for the ethnic minority communities. In order to further my education and career, I am considering taking the MEd once I have completed my NQT year as I believe that it will enhance my chances of promotion and help to develop my expertise as an educationalist.
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