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Becky Bisland

PGDE Secondary Education - Physical Education


What made you decide to train as a teacher?

After 13 years working professionally in the sports development industry in a variety of roles and contexts I felt like I wasn’t really making a big impact and wanted to feel like I’d made a hands on difference to the lives of young people. Also since becoming a mother, my perspective on the importance and impact education can have on children and young people helped me realise that I wanted to be involved in helping develop and shape young people.

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

I spoke to a number of friends who studied at both Strathclyde and other institutions plus current PE teachers as to whether there would be an impact on my ability in gaining employment in the future and a number of them expressed that the positive reputation and high academic level that Strathclyde provide persuaded me to choose Strathclyde.

What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?

Be prepared to commit to it completely, ensure you give yourself time to study and also go beyond to research and explore content to help you when you go in to school. Also be prepared to physically contribute and perform which dramatically helps your understanding of the subject and content.

What’s the best thing about studying PGDE at Strathclyde?

It’s a prestigious institution with a good reputation and the academic status of the lecturers and staff is very clear. Also the input that the subject leaders give you to really prepare you for the realities of life within school. From a PE perspective having a subject tutor who has recent hands on experience and examples of being in the school environment is hugely helpful and guiding.

How is your course helping to prepare you for your future career?

The academic side of the course is giving me the grounding and knowledge to understand education and the context and current topics within it. The placements are an extremely interesting and useful experience such as being within a working environment, getting to know staff and pupils, understanding a school environment and its ethos and how you can contribute to a whole school is so valuable.

What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?

My ambition is to teach pupils with Additional Support Needs whether that is in a specific school for pupils with ASN or within a mainstream school which has a unit within it. My passion is working with people with disabilities and I have seen the impact and power sport and PE can have on someone with a disability so I want to help deliver that and make that difference.