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This programme aims to develop all the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to become a responsible and effective teacher in your chosen age phase.
This full-time Primary PGCE (QTS) programme is available in conjunction with any of the following age phases:
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Before embarking on my PGCE, I was told by my friends and colleagues that it would be the hardest thing that I would ever do – and they were not wrong! However, as well as being one of the hardest things I have ever done, it has also been one of the most life expanding and rewarding. It is amazing to look back now to the beginning of the course and see how far I have come in terms of my teaching knowledge and skills, and most importantly in terms of my own confidence in standing in front of a class of up to 30 children to teach them about the world. I have always believed in education as a fundamental right for all and this is a philosophy that is strongly upheld by Goldsmiths and one of the main reasons why I decided to train here. The values of equality and inclusion are implicit in all of the teaching on the course and I have especially benefited from the interesting and thought-provoking political debates encouraged by Goldsmiths on the British educational system and current educational philosophies. My decision to train as a teacher came after working for many years with both adults and young people in the field of Psychology. Directly prior to applying for my PGCE, I spent six months teaching English in a social project and primary school in Brazil with no official teacher training. It was this experience that made me decide to apply for the PGCE. I have always loved languages and was impressed by the opportunity offered by Goldsmiths to spend one month training abroad. I went to Foix in France and this has to be the main highlight of the course for me, not only did my language skills improve massively but I made real friends and developed my cultural awareness of an entirely different educational system.
I am now in my final placement, coming to the end of the course and really looking forward to embarking on my new career as a teacher and having my own class in September. I am well aware that this is only the beginning for me and can’t wait to take advantage of the opportunities that being a fully qualified teacher will bring in terms of employment, travel and most importantly in making a positive contribution and supporting others to achieve their full potential.
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