I’m jumping into teaching with my eyes wide open

Facing the exciting new challenge of a PGDE

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Since I left school, my interest in a teaching career has never faded. But it took nine years of employment, soul-searching, talking to teachers – and an opportune redundancy – before I finally made the leap towards this daunting line of work.

My apprehensions are based on the same factors that caused my near-decade of seesawing on the idea. I was greatly inspired by my late, great Higher English teacher. Admittedly, she embodied an idyllic experience of education. Creative and enthusiastic, Mrs Ogg was a good teacher in a good school – I left Bearsden Academy in 2008.

I’m aware of the ...

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