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What a whirlwind of a 10 months that has been. I'm sure you all share the same sense of relief and elation that I do today to have achieved what we have. I can't believe how fast it has gone and how much has happened in that short amount of time. Our brains and bodies have been in overdrive but now we can say it has all been worth it because we have navigated the labyrinth of the PGCE and made it out of the woods to the finish line. If we had alcohol in our glasses I would say “let’s raise a glass to that”!

We're an interesting bunch to say the least! We've come from all different backgrounds, some of us are straight out of uni, some have tried our hats at a few different careers before deciding this is our calling, some have families and other people to care for, and boy, I do not know how you guys have managed because I've only just about been able to keep myself and a cat alive during this. But despite how different we all might seem, we do have one thing in common... We all decided it was our time to train to teach.

By now we have hopefully all mastered our teacher stares and best “erhhhm excuse me!” And I've lost count as to how many times I've been told “that slays” or “that's solid Miss”. I need to start a notebook to keep up with their slang!

This has been the story of us so far as teachers and although this is the finish line of the course and our time together as a complete cohort. It is also the starting point of our careers as teachers and now colleagues. Some of us are already going to be working alongside each other in our employing schools come July or September and I'm sure others of us will continue to cross paths in the future as we progress in our careers. I hope that we can continue to support each other throughout our careers and share tips, coping mechanisms and our successes! Long story short, teaching isn't for the faint hearted and a strong network and support system behind all of us is going to be imperative to not just survive but to thrive as teachers.

On those stressful days I want you all to remember why we all decided to start this. Why did you want to apply for this course in the first place and become a teacher? What motivates you to get up in the morning? What is your invisible string pulling you into teaching?  For me I feel privileged that in DT subjects we often get to see a different side to some students, especially those who might be known by others for having poor behaviour. To have them come into my classroom and have a positive and engaging and enjoyable lesson means more to me than they'll ever realise and comprehend and that is why I'll show up to be the best I can be for them and to help them have the best day possible. I want them to leave behind their worries and feel confident and fearless to be able to learn, try new things and make mistakes in the classroom. No one is perfect the first time around and I want them to know that is OK.

We all have the potential to make a positive impact within the schools we work at and in the lives of the students we teach, and I'm confident we all will.

Let's remember to write down and keep hold of the positive moments we have and if we've had a bad day, just shake it off. Those positive moments will be the ones to keep us going. Strive to be the best version of yourself, and don't compare yourself too harshly with others.

Everyone in this room has been wonderful, kind and supportive to each other and I wish everyone so much good luck for the future as we now fly the GUTP nest. We are all superstars for making it here. Forever and always, be phenomenal.

I can’t wrap this up without some thank yous. On behalf of us all I want to acknowledge and thank all of the GUTP staff and everyone that is involved in making this course happen. Thank you to Kate, Assie and Claire in the office for keeping all of our admin in check and the behind the scenes running smoothly.

Thank you to all of our Subject leads and Mentors for all of your guidance and sharing your expertise and knowledge with us and for your constant support and advice to help us succeed.

And a big thank you to our directors Ann, Edwina, and Nathan, for running this show and for delivering the course and keeping us all on track with your support, academically and emotionally - sorry about the tears! We wouldn't be here at the end of this course now without all of you so a big tremendous thank you for everything.

So here's to great teachers, may we know them, may we be them and may we inspire the next generation of them.


June 2023




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