Hi, my name is Zoe Fullbrook and I studied Secondary PGCE Science at Cardiff Met and I’m really excited to be starting my full-time teaching career in September.
I have always been passionate and enthusiastic about science and have always wanted to pass on this passion to my students. Before entering the PGCE I did some work experience and as soon as I stepped foot in the classroom, I knew that it was the career path I had to take!
I love being able to teach the students the theory of science and then giving them the opportunity to see it in real life for themselves. It’s the best feeling in the world seeing progression in your students, and when the answer finally clicks in their heads, and you can see they understand what you have taught. It makes it all worthwhile.
I chose to train at Cardiff Met because it is in a central location in the capital of Wales and has a good reputation for teacher training. Also, because the course has a good mix of university based learning and first-hand experience in schools. It really helps you to reach your full potential as a student teacher.
I won’t deny the school placements are tough! They can be very taxing and busy, however, during the course you are eased in slowly and your timetable builds up gradually over time, when both you and your mentor feel that you are ready. Planning, teaching and marking are integral parts of the school experience and once you can master these, you will be well on your way to having a successful teaching career.
The tutors at Cardiff Met are always on hand to help you whenever necessary. They are there to advise and take a pastoral role to advise you on any issues regarding assignments and school placements. My mentors in school experiences have also been amazing, and nothing is too much hassle for them! They are more than willing to help and assist you with any queries you may have. Their priority is to advise and develop you as a teacher to be the best you can be. Getting feedback, both critical and encouraging has been so useful, as mentors will suggest the best ways to move forward as a teacher. I can’t say thank you enough to my lecturers and mentors for helping, supporting and guiding me throughout my PGCE journey.
The course, especially the school experiences has definitely helped to shape the teacher that I will become in the future. I will always remember the advice I have been given and use it to develop myself further as I progress in the profession.
I have secured a permanent job at my SE2 placement (Cardinal Newman Catholic School). I am really looking forward to continue to develop myself as a teacher there, and I cannot wait to have my own classroom!