PGCE Primary Education Personal Statement 1
Education is vital to every child’s future and I would love to be a part of this. The early years not only provide the academic foundations that shape their later life, but also their attitudes towards schooling, which can affect their future careers and their ability to socialise with peers. Therefore, it is essential that the pupils enjoy their education and learn a lot, which I want to help them achieve.
Although I have not got a degree in a national curriculum subject, I still have a good basis for primary school teaching. Throughout my degree I had to write several essays and practical reports, which improved my scientific writing skills. My A Level in English Language enabled me to gain competency in literacy, as it covered a large amount of grammar and sentence structure, in addition to analysis of texts dating back to the 1600s and creating original articles using information provided by other texts. Psychology is science-orientated and I did A Level Biology, as well as all the sciences individually at GCSE, so I have a good knowledge base in all aspects of science required for primary school level. In particular, biology and psychology also required proficiency in numeracy through using various data analysis techniques, which I gained throughout my education from GCSE Mathematics onwards.
My psychology degree has provided me with a good background to education, as there are areas that aid understanding of children’s thought processes when presented with information. For example, in developmental psychology I learnt how children mature, which can help me to understand their mental capabilities, and use strategies such as scaffolding to aid learning. Cognitive psychology has helped me understand the mechanics of memory and how to utilise this to maximise their retention of information.
As well as a strong theoretical basis for the course, I have good practical experience for teaching. During my degree, I participated in the York Students In Schools programme, where I was placed in the dyslexia unit of a local primary school. The placement was varied, as I was doing different activities such as reading, correcting prose, phonetic tasks and explaining parts of the lessons the children did not understand. I have also used initiative by adapting my assistance to the children based on how much they understood. It also helped improve my communication with both the adults and pupils in the school.
More recently, I obtained a job as a teaching assistant in a Year 3 class. This has proved very informative and interesting, assisting children who are struggling, by giving them more practice in their areas of weakness. The feeling of accomplishment when they understood something they previously could not grasp was very rewarding. It has also taught me the importance of gaining a good rapport with the children, in order for them to respect and listen to you, as well as the need to stay calm when dealing with difficult pupils. I have the responsibility of running the netball club at the school, and this has built upon my leadership skills gained from completing the Community Sports Leader’s Award, which I obtained at college.
From my work experience in education, it is clear to me that I want to work with children in a school setting, as I am keen to make a positive impact on their lives, both academically and also more generally. I believe that I possess the necessary skills to make a good teacher, such as resourcefulness, communication and leadership.
Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018
The Gloucester Schools’ Partnership (GSP) offers initial teacher training (ITT) to graduates joining the primary teaching profession through our School Direct programme. Currently we train teachers in partnership with the Swindon Teaching School Alliance and The University of Gloucestershire.
We offer two types of School Direct training places:
School Direct training programme – open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. Trainees become students of The University of Gloucestershire and qualify with a PGCE (Masters) and qualified teacher status (QTS). Trainees undertake extensive placements in GSP schools as well as receiving tuition at the University and attending a series of practical training sessions designed and delivered by the partnership.
School Direct training programme (salaried) – is principally aimed at graduates with 3 or more years’ work experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by a school and their salary and training costs are covered by the NCTL and the employing school. On completion of the programme trainees are awarded qualified teacher status (QTS). Trainees have a one-year placement in one of our schools and benefit from a contrasting experience undertaking a short-term placement at a second Gloucester Schools’ Partnership school.
In addition to learning on the job, they attend a series of practical training sessions, which will enable them to develop their teaching skills, subject knowledge and good practice away from the classroom. These sessions are facilitated by our expert practitioners, who role-model outstanding practice. Trainees are assigned a mentor at their placement school and are supported by the ITT training manager throughout the programme.
Trainees are assessed through a professional portfolio, which is used to build evidence of how the standards for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) are being met. Evidence will include observations of teaching and written assignments which demonstrate a clear understanding of the profession, phase and subject area. Classroom experience will increase in each successive term of the programme, as a trainee’s confidence and ability develop. We are very proud of the success of our School Direct programme and the majority of our trainees are offered a permanent role on completion of the programme.
Duration of both training routes
One year (September through to June).
NB: To apply to the Gloucester primary teacher training courses, search for Swindon and then click on Drove Primary School, Swindon Teaching School.
Advice to Applicants for School Direct Places
When applying for School Direct places ensure that you take every opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the realities of teaching, as well as your enthusiasm for using your creative and intellectual skills in the classroom. You can do this by including examples of any experience you have of working with young people – perhaps as a classroom assistant, or youth worker, or as a volunteer in a school. If you don’t have such experience, we strongly recommend that you get some before deciding to become a teacher.
You might also complete your application on the UCAS system in such a way as to:
• emphasise the relevance of your previous work and/or studies for the course(s) you’re applying for
• provide evidence of your social and communication skills
• organise your information so that it is clear and easily accessible for the reader.
Ahead of completing your Personal Statement you may wish to familiarise yourself with the schools within the Gloucester Schools’ Partnership by looking through our individual school websites.
Follow these simple guidelines and you should put yourself in a good position to be invited to attend an interview with the GSP, where you’ll be able to build on the evidence you provide on your form. We wish you every success with your application.
Candidate requirements (essential):
• A 2:2 honours degree in any subject (minimum)
• GCSE (A–C): English Language, Mathematics and Science.
Please note: If you don’t have GCSE English Language, Mathematics or Science, you must obtain either GCSEs or IGCSEs in these subjects and will need to show on your application that you will obtain these qualifications before the course begins in September.
Applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 2016 need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You may book your skills tests as soon as you have made an application via UCAS Teacher Training and this is recommended.