16/09/2021

PGCE Upskilling: Do You Have What It Takes to Teach Students Aged 14+?

Using your PGCE to teach teenagers and young adults is hugely rewarding. Not only do you get to help the next generation reach their potential, but every day will be exciting and different when learning to teach in secondary school. Young people begin to really develop their skills and personalities in secondary school and beyond, and you’ll be a part of this pivotal stage in their education. But not everyone has what it takes to effectively manage students aged 14+.

Here are just some of the traits that will be useful if you’re considering PGCE secondary training: 

Excellent communication skills

Soft skills are absolutely essential for learning to teach in secondary school, and you’ll need to focus on skills such as relationship building, teamwork, and even developing a good sense of humour. Good teaching practice is built on the working relationships between teacher and pupil, so you’ll have to create a positive dialogue in classes as well as in one-to-one sessions.

Adaptability and a flexible approach

Being flexible is something that every teacher will benefit from. This may be especially the case in secondary schools where you won’t see the same classes every day. Unlike primary school, where you become a custodian of one group of children, you will need to stay reactive and adapt to different personalities and classroom dynamics when learning to teach in secondary school.

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Ability to model

Effective teacher modelling helps to address misconceptions before they rise. So having the ability to demonstrate how things work or how a task should be done is key. Great teachers have to do more than just explain. If you can show your pupils the best approach, you can boost student progress while also reducing your workload outside of the classroom. Therefore, modelling is a must-have PGCE skill, and the more hands-on you are, the better.

If this sounds like you, our PGCE M Post Graduate Certificate in Education 14+ course could be the perfect path for upskilling. Not only are we one of the largest providers of teacher education, but we also have very high employment rates for teaching graduates once they leave us.
We also rank No.2 in the UK for Teaching Quality for Education Courses in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, and in the Top 50 UK Universities in The Guardian University League Tables 2021. Additionally, students have also voted us No.1 in the North West for Student Satisfaction for the past three years (Complete University Guide in 2021, 2020 and 2019), so there’s nowhere better to study than the University of Bolton.

Our PGCE programme reopens again in September 2021, so enrol with us to upskill for a brighter future!

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