Jack Ashington-Carter is embarking on a career in teaching after completing his PGCE Secondary, Business with Economics at the University of the Worcester.
Jack, from Malvern, joined the University after completing a Law degree at another university.
The 22-year-old said: “I finished my Law degree in 2021 and immediately went into teacher training. This is because whilst I was studying Law, I assisted in an outreach day that the University was running. I was told by the teacher accompanying the pupils that if I didn’t go into Law, I would be perfect as a teacher. That gave me the confidence to apply to the course and complete my PGCE. On my second placement, the same inspirational character was my Subject Mentor in school and guided me to be the teacher that I am today.”
Jack, a former pupil at The Chase School in Malvern, said he was pleased to be graduating today, after a challenging, but rewarding year. “Last year, there were a few occasions where my wife was very unwell,” he said. “It was somewhat challenging finding the time to finish university work or lesson plans with repeated trips to the Hospital, but I found the time because of how much I enjoy the profession.”
Jack is now teaching Business and Economics at Thomas Telford School in Shropshire with an aim to introduce GCSE Economics to the school next year. “My long-term plans are to become a Head of Department and continue through a middle-leadership route,” he said. “I chose to study at the University of Worcester because of the phenomenal reputation it has as a teacher training provider, the locality and the programme that had been established to ensure that I could develop into an excellent teacher.”
“I found my time at the University incredibly rewarding. There was a lot of support on hand throughout the PGCE for both academic issues and personal. The Tutors at the University are wonderful and are always willing to listen. The exposure to the classroom prior to placement was very welcome and began to build confidence. The feedback from the first day in the classroom to the final day of PGCE was second to none and had a developmental focus to ensure that we kept pushing ourselves to be the best possible practitioners.”
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