“What I love most about the course is that what you learn during university sessions is linked to what you do on your school placements. Tutors use their own experiences, it isn’t just theory we are taught but we’re learning from their knowledge of being teachers. They have a lot of expertise and show their own love of teaching.
Thiebault Pastor, PGCE Secondary (French with Spanish)
“It’s an amazing university, it’s very friendly and you get loads of support. My lecturer is amazing and enthusiastic, and he really makes you think about how you can use what he says in school the next week.
It's really nice to come together with the School Direct students we’re like a big languages family. It’s a real mixture of people and ages, and works really well as we’ve all experienced different things.”
Helen Genders, PGCE Secondary (French with Spanish)
“I chose Christ Church because I knew people that studied PGCEs here and all had good things to say about it. The application process was really good, Christ Church were really supportive throughout the whole interview process, and they really wanted me to do my best.
I’m really enjoying my first school placement and I‘d take a job there if I could, it’s a really good fit for me. I could see myself going abroad after teaching in the UK, the seven to 14 pathway will give me the flexibility to yo-yo between the two areas of education. More specifically, Curriculum Studies I know I will use for the rest of my career.”
Hugh Scott, PGCE 7–14 Years
“It is not just the support you get from the staff at Christ Church but also from your peers. Someone might have heard something in a school and it gets passed on, you can relate it to your own teaching and your own life.
I really like the physical side of the Curriculum Studies sessions. With music, everyone is doing something, there isn’t a single lesson that doesn’t involve singing, dancing or playing. We take it in turns to run a half hour mini-lesson. We then take these activities into school and use them with the kids.”
Eleanor German, PGCE Secondary (Music)