Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jonathan graduated with a First Class Honours in MA French and Spanish from the University of Glasgow. Following his graduation he decided to stay in Glasgow and puruse a career in teaching by completing his PGDE at the University of Strathclyde.
Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?
The University of Strathclyde has an excellent reputation in Glasgow for its ITE (Initial Teacher Education) course. I wanted to stay in Glasgow to study, and everyone I spoke to wholeheartedly recommended the PDGE course at Strathclyde.
What do you enjoy most about your course?
It is a very practical course, and you learn on the job for half of this intense academic year. I receive support and training not only from tutors and lecturers, but also from teachers in schools who sacrifice a great deal of time and effort to ensure you get the best out of the placement experience.
What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?
Be prepared for a very busy year, and expect your attitudes and views towards education to be challenged, changed, and developed.
What’s the best thing about studying at Strathclyde?
The people: my fellow students who drive me to be the best student teacher I can be, my tutors: who go above and beyond.
What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed studying your course?
I have not only been equipped to begin my career in teaching, but I’ve learned to think critically, creatively, and genuinely care for my pupils.
How is your course helping to enhance your current career and prepare you for your future career?
The PGDE course is recognised as the route to provisional registration with the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland). Its standards are in line with the expectations and guidelines for qualified teachers and therefore prepares you well for a career in teaching in all its aspects.
What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?
My goal as a teacher is to enthuse, guide and facilitate children and young people, so that they can achieve and attain to the best of their abilities, and open up a wealth of opportunities for their futures.