I consider myself very fortunate that I didn’t go straight from my degree to doing a PGCE. I took a year out. I didn’t do the Backpacker thing, I set about getting admitted to a PGCE course for the following year, and one of the expectations was prior experience in a school.
As a History and Politics graduate, secondary History seemed like a good choice. I contacted the secondary school I’d attended as a pupil, but, although they didn’t say no to having me there for a couple of weeks, they were hardly falling over themselves to get me onboard either. My former Primary School was. “Free help? When can you start?”
I had never intended to become a Primary School teacher, but this opportunity and the support and encouragement of my former Primary Headteacher set me off on a different course to the one I’d initially anticipated.
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