Amelia Bedson

Amelia Bedson

PGCE Primary QTS/Learning and Teaching MA 

The opportunity to do a fortnight’s work placement at a school for children with special educational needs (SEN) was a key driver in Amelia’s decision to do her PGCE at UCB.

“It was something I hadn’t seen offered at any of the other universities I looked at,” she said. “I then chose to study my masters at UCB because of the incredibly positive experience I had doing my PGCE. The unwavering support of my tutors, both at PGCE and postgraduate level, made my time there really rewarding.

“I have now been an SEN primary school teacher for three years and have had lots of career highlights, from having parents ask me to teach their children for another year because of the progress they had made with me to receiving outstanding lesson observations and assessment moderations.

“There have also been a lot of challenges, including tricky teacher/parent relations and trying to manage classes of very complex children with a diverse range of learning needs and disabilities. UCB has given me the skills and confidence to overcome these situations and use them to improve my performance.

“For anyone considering the Learning and Teaching MA, my advice would be to consider the module options very carefully and choose the ones you feel you would be the most passionate about. This will give you the drive to manage a challenging workload, particularly if you are going to do it on top of working full-time.

“Teaching children with SEN wasn’t the most popular pathway on the PGCE, and those that wanted to do it were definitely in the minority. However, by following my instincts, I am in the incredibly privileged position of waking up and not dreading going to work!”

 

"For anyone considering the Learning and Teaching MA, my advice would be to consider the module options very carefully and choose the ones you feel you would be the most passionate about. This will give you the drive to manage a challenging workload, particularly if you are going to do it on top of working full-time."

Amelia Bedson
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