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Blog: Wayne's teaching journey

I've thoroughly enjoyed the experience on the PGCE course and developing my teaching skills through online seminars, tutor guidance and classroom teaching. It's been  incredibly challenging, even more so with the pandemic adding to the pressures inside and outside the classroom.

As I'm a part-time student, there were occasions when I felt a little behind in my learning compared to my peers. However, the teaching staff and cirriculum tutors were always on hand to offer their guidance and expertise to alleviate my worries. I've successfully delivered a lesson and managed to bring all my learning and planning togther. When this happens, I know I've made a diference to my learners in the classroom.

One of the biggest challenges I've found whilst being a student-teacher is managing the workload alongside a job, family life and coaching my son's football team. The part-time course can be demanding, with a lot of time spent reading and developing the necessary skills to succeed on the course. However, with the help of curriculum tutors and fellow students, it was easier to reflect on the fundamentals and manage my workload.

I also completed my EMA (end of module assignment); academic writing is not my strongest point, the thought of writing about my learning is a daunting prospect, and as a 40-year-old father, I thought the days of assessments were behind me. I can reflect on my studies and acknowledge that I've learned much over these two academic years.

I've always told my children to follow their passion and be happy with their actions. I followed my advice and the leap. I believe you'll get much more satisfaction from a job you love.

The teaching staff and curriculum tutors were always on hand to offer their guidance and expertise to alleviate my worries.
Wayne Williams
OU in Wales PGCE student

I'd advise prospective students to be prepared to work hard and never be afraid to ask for help. You'll be surprised by the amount of support to help you achieve your dream! And always remember to simply enjoy the experience!

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