Name: Leanne Gould
Degree and university: PGCE Science, Wolverhampton
Work Title: Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT)
What do you actually do? I currently work as an NQT in a local secondary school in Wolverhampton whilst continuing my academic study to gain a masters degree in education through the University of Wolverhampton. I now recognise the importance of the skills I acquired during my PGCE, which have helped me develop self discipline, efficiency and organisation to manage both a full time job and postgraduate study.
Were you always interested in teaching as a career? After thoroughly enjoying studying science in higher education I couldn’t imagine continuing life without learning more about the subject, and I have always enjoyed being able to relay my knowledge to others. For this reason I decided to pursue a career in teaching.
How did you find out about the teaching sector? After considering all of the optional routes into the profession I decided that a PGCE was the best course for me as I felt it provided the level of support I would need whilst beginning a new career. The structure of the PGCE allows you to participate in school life whilst being an active part of a university. The course is organised to give students practical experience as they enhance their knowledge of teaching academically and professionally.
Although my PGCE year was very challenging I felt that the mentors at university of Wolverhampton were very supportive, equipping me for life in the classroom. I chose to study at Wolverhampton as it had been named one of the top universities for teacher training and worked in close partnership with local schools and communities, which were after all my prospective employers. Being mentored by people who had spent many years in local schools gave the lectures a sense of personalisation and relevance. Studying at Wolverhampton allowed me to develop strong relationships with other PGCE students. I knew where to access support when needed and I was able to collaborate with interesting and inspiring guest lecturers. The facilities in the new education building at the Walsall Campus are state of the art and provide a motivational learning environment.
What do you most like about what you do? I relish life as a teacher; it’s a career with flexibility, a job that allows you to exert your personality and creativity. Through association with the University of Wolverhampton I am proud to be involved in an organisation called ‘creative partnerships’ which supports teachers through innovative teaching approaches and has given me many opportunities to be creative and inspirational in my first term of teaching. As hardly any years have passed since I was a secondary school student myself, I understand that science needs to be brought to life for pupils to experience.