It’s like teaching found me
So I found myself – an unqualified teacher with only 2 years part-time experience as a teacher educator!
During the next 5 years in FE I gained my Cert Ed and the required D32/3/4. Along the way I lost the PhD study because I couldn’t be the FE teacher I wanted to be and study at that level too. I revelled in the teacher educator role and developed a new Cert Ed programme with the University of Birmingham. I became Head of Teacher Training and the Deputy Head of Professional Development Studies. But I was restless again – I thought it was because I missed my subject teaching so I did some Access teaching which I really enjoyed but the restlessness was still there.
Then in April 2002 an advert in the TES caught my attention. Wolverhampton University were advertising posts in their PCET division. I realised that what had been missing in my busy teaching life was a focus upon my personal and professional development as teacher, as a teacher educator. I applied for the post, was interviewed and to my complete surprise was offered a job. During the past 7 years I have worked on the Cert Ed and PGCE programmes both onsite and in our partner centres. I was the module leader for the PGCE core reflective practice modules until 2007. During 2002-4 I developed a mentor training programme and pack. In 2004 I was promoted to Partnership Director and I was seconded in 2005 to a large scale cross-University project. During the past 4 years I have mentored individuals and teams across the University in their use of technology to enhance learning. As well as the PCE teaching I have also been teaching on our Foundation Degrees (Early Year’s Services and Supporting Inclusive Practice) since 2005. I currently teach both onsite and in partner colleges.