A group of trainee teachers from Bury College University Centre delivered engaging presentations to trainee teachers at the University of Bolton.

Trainee teachers studying the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) visited the University of Bolton and delivered workshops on how to integrate British Values into teaching sessions. The sessions, which were delivered to like-minded peers also studying the PGCE course, received acclaimed feedback from attendees.

During the formal presentations, students illustrated ideas of how to integrate British values, English and Maths into their specialist teaching subjects which included Beauty Management, Art and Design, Health and Social Care and English. This involved lesson planning and utilising different resources.

The PGCE students felt they benefitted greatly from the presentations as it was an opportunity for them to share best practise and improve their confidence.

Sbaht Zafar from Bury said of the experience, “I really enjoyed the sessions. Having the opportunity to stand up in front of a room of strangers really built up my confidence. When I first started my PGCE I was quite shy however I now feel that I am finishing my course with improved communication skills and confidence.

Caitlin Saull from Prestwich added, “Delivering these workshops was a totally new experience and I felt completely out of my comfort zone but it was a fantastic opportunity to present to peers from another university.”

As the students are nearing the end of their PGCE, they are looking forward to the future and progressing into teaching.

Annette Thomas from Bury returned to education after being made redundant from her job working in fashion. Annette said, “Studying my PGCE had been absolutely brilliant and I have received fantastic support from Bury College University Centre and my tutors. I am now looking forward to progressing into teaching before undertaking a Masters.”

Naomi Jacobs from Prestwich added, “Looking back on where I was to where I am now, I have developed so much and can only describe completing my PGCE as a phenomenal experience. The course exceeded all my expectations and my self-esteem both personally and professionally has grown immensely. Completing my PGCE has been very challenging but rewarding and I will be leaving Bury College University Centre with a great sense of pride.”

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