“Throughout both my personal life and academic career, I have been fortunate enough to have been involved with teaching staff who have both encouraged and ignited my enthusiasm in the field of science. It is as a result of this that I chose to study an undergraduate degree in Biology, further my education to Ph.D. level, and to pursue a career in secondary teaching. My interest in science originated during my time at Broughton High School as a pupil, which heavily influenced my decision to study with the Preston Teaching School Alliance. From the expertise of the teaching staff, first class facilities, and support network that the alliance has to offer, my experience of the PGCE Secondary School Direct course, has been extremely positive, which I believe has been facilitated by the diversity of the training on the course and the fantastic admin staff, who coordinate the placements, PfL days and conferences that are incorporated into the academic year. As the School Direct course involves two placements in contrasting schools within the alliance, you are provided with vast experience of teaching both KS3 and KS4, as well as support and feedback from experienced, approachable and encouraging mentors, who will help to build on your skills of teaching, to prepare you for your new career. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course so far, and would recommend Preston TSA to all."
Jade Southworth Biology Trainee 2018-19