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PGCE Alumni Story: All-round competency development that opened a door to my career progressionPGCE校友分享:全方位的能力培养,为我打开职业进阶的大门

PGCE Alumni Story: All-round competency development that opened a door to my career progression

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education, commonly known as the PGCE, is one of the most popular academic qualifications for teaching,also is the most popular way for teachers to enter teaching. With over 1,300 teachers and school leaders studying there in any one year, the School of Education at the University of Buckingham has become one of Britain’s leading providers of teacher training and professional development. In 2020, through partnering with Buckingham International Education School(BISE),  the University started to provide PGCE programmes specifically designed for teachers working in China at international and bilingual schools.

Recently, we had an interview with Mr. Chuck Zhang, Headmaster's Assistant of Tianjin HIKSVS International School, an alumnus of the University of Buckingham's PGCE programme. Let us hear his unique views about this programme, and how taking the PGCE teacher training course has taken his career path to the next level!

 

Recognised worldwide, designed for China:the PGCE programme for the post-pandemic era

BISE: "Could you please introduce yourself to us, your career so far, and why you chose to study the PGCE course at the University of Buckingham?"

Chuck: "Nice to meet with the BISE  team. It is my pleasure to share my journey so far. My name is Shikun Zhang (Chuck). I am currently working at the Tianjin HIKSVS International School as a headmaster's assistant. This is the fourth year I have worked at an international school. 

First of all, I would like to thank the School of Education of the University of Buckingham for offering such an excellent course for China-based teachers like myself, as well as the school where I work for their academic guidance and support. 

I first learned about the University of Buckingham's PGCE course last year when my school leaders and colleagues introduced this course to me and told me how important and beneficial the PGCE qualification would be for teachers working within an international school environment, and how highly recognised it is worldwide. Also, I believe the online learning approach is the safest and most convenient way to further my studies in the post-epidemic global environment.

I was aware of the unprecedented challenges of taking the course in English as a Chinese teacher who is not a native English speaker. However, luckily, I managed to meet the admission requirements and enrolled in the programme successfully.

 

 

The biggest challenge and achievement:the abilities of teaching, English academic writing, and critical thinking

BISE: "What has been the biggest challenge you faced and the biggest achievement you had during this programme ?"

Chuck: "I have just completed the PGCE programme. Looking back on the learning process in this academic year, the biggest challenge for me, which also became my biggest achievement, was tackling the assignment of English academic writing. Although, this was not the first time I had written an academic paper in English, the need to use critical thinking to address the different academic views and perspectives can really be a challenge for new teachers like me without previous experience! 

I did not pass my first written assignment, but fortunately, with the expert guidance of my tutors at the University of Buckingham, Mr Mansfield and Mr. Cook, I was able to resubmit the assignment and pass my subsequent assignments with flying colours. Developing the abilities of English writing and critical thinking has been the most important achievements for me, in addition to improving my teaching skills."

 

Dual tutorial system and all-rounded development: the most scientific,practical and advanced education concepts 

BISE: "What was your favourite part about the course?"

Chuck: "In this course, I came into contact with the British pedagogy and teaching methods, and many of these valuable learning contents are the most scientific, practical and even advanced educational concepts of today.

For me, the most attractive part of the course was the unparalleled expertise and the excellent mentoring. During the 37 weeks of learning, what I enjoyed the most was my weekly meetings with my school mentor Mr Hurst, when we discussed the weekly academic readings and related subjects. I also learned tremendously from those class evaluations after each lesson observation, which also took place once a week. 

While studying the PGCE, through in-school classroom practice, I was required to continually try to meet the UK Teaching Standards under the guidance of Mr. Mansfield, my university tutor, as well as, set new goals for my next week's learning. In my opinion, this experience has been very different from the Chinese teacher qualification, which only assesses teachers through written tests, interviews and lectures. The PGCE programme at the University of Buckingham focused more on cultivating the bilingual teacher's overall abilities."

 

 

Confidence in myself and direction in my career: like opening a door to my life

BISE: "How has your study at the University of Buckingham's PGCE course helped your career, and what is your plan after graduation?"

Chuck: "The University of Buckingham's PGCE program has given me direction and confidence in my work as I continue to work in an international school.

After graduation, I intend to become a full-time bilingual teacher at the school where I currently work. At the same time, I would apply for the Master's of Education (fully online) program at the University of Buckingham. Since obtaining the Buckingham PGCE can actually waive some credits for the enrollment of Master's in Education, I think this has helped to meet my expectations of self-improvement through the master's program, and I am keen to navigate a whole new set of responsibilities and challenges.

Learning this course is like opening a door to my life, giving me the opportunity to maintain lifelong learning in the field of education and adding critical opportunities to my personal career planning."

 

Professional knowledge and practical experience: a great learning opportunity to break through the status quo

BISE: "Do you have any suggestions for teachers who are still exploring the training opportunities? And who else do you think should participate in this teacher training course?"

Chuck: "I would advise the Chinese teachers who are looking for training opportunities to learn more about the PGCE course at the University of Buckingham when planning their careers, regardless of what subject they are currently teaching. It could be a great opportunity for them to advance their career. I think both college graduates and teachers who are already working at a school should take this course.

If you are bilingual and want to become a bilingual teacher in an international school, this course will provide you with the professional knowledge and practical experience to help you achieve your dream. I would highly recommend PGCE courses to all bilingual teachers, however, the focus and style of these courses vary greatly among universities. With the impact of the pandemic, the PGCE China programme provided jointly by the University of Buckingham and Buckingham International School of Education gives an excellent opportunity for those who are living and working in China and aspire to be bilingual teachers."

 

教师资格研究生证书,通常被称为PGCE,是最受欢迎的教师学术资格认证之一,也是教师进入教学领域最普遍的方式之一。白金汉大学教育学院是英国领先的教师培训和专业发展机构之一,每年培训超过1300名学校教师和学校领导。2020,通过和白金汉国际教育学院(BISE)的合作,白金汉大学首次开始为在中国国际和双语学校工作的教师提供特别设计的PGCE在线课程。

最近,我们访问了白金汉大学PGCE课程的中国校友——天津华兰萨顿国际学校的校长助理张诗坤先生。让我们来听听他是如何评价白金汉大学PGCE课程,以及参加PGCE教师培训课程是如何助他在职业道路上更上一层楼的吧!

 

全球认可、落地中国:后疫情时代的PGCE选择

BISE: "请介绍一下您自己、您迄今为止的职业生涯,以及您选择学习白金汉大学PGCE课程的原因?"

张老师“BISE团队你们好,很高兴和大家分享我的故事。我叫张诗坤,目前在天津华兰萨顿国际学校任职校长助理,协助校长负责国际教师的教务工作,今年是我在国际学校工作的第四个年头。

首先,非常感谢白金汉大学教育学院为中国的教师群体提供了如此出色的一门课程,同时也感谢我所任职的学校对我学习这门课程的学术指导与全力支持。

我第一次听到白金汉大学的PGCE课程是在2020年7月,我的国际教师同事及领导向我介绍了这个课程的优点,以及PGCE在世界范围内的高认可程度。此外,我相信线上授课方式是在后疫情时代的全球环境中最安全便捷的选择。

我知道对于英语为非母语的中国教师来说,学习PGCE将是一个前所未有的挑战。但幸运的是我符合课程入学的要求,并且顺利入学。”

 

 

最大挑战和成就:教学能力+英语学术写作+批判思维

BISE: "请问在参加PGCE课程过程中,您认为自己遇到的最大挑战和取得的最大的成就是什么?"

张老师“目前,我已经结束了PGCE课程的学习。回顾我这一年整个的学习过程,我认为我遇到的最大挑战,同样也是我取得最高成就的方面,莫过于英语学术论文写作。虽然这不是我第一次完成英语论文了,但我认为对于像我这样依旧算是“新手”的教师来说,能够出色地运用批判性思维来论述学界不同学者的观点显然是一个挑战。

我提交第一篇论文作业时没能通过,但幸运的是在白金汉大学导师戴维·曼斯菲尔德先生和库克先生对我学术论文写作的专业指导下,我重新提交了我的论文并顺利通过了之后的论文。英语学术写作能力与批判性思维能力是除了教学能力之外,我取得的额外的重要成就。”

 

双导师制+全方位培养:最科学、实用及超前的教育理念

BISE: "请问白金汉大学PGCE课程中您最喜欢哪个部分?"

张老师: "在这门课程中我接触到了英国的教育理念与方式,并且这些宝贵的学习内容中很多都是当下最科学、实用甚至是超前的教育理念。

课程最吸引我的部分莫过于无比专业及完善的导师指导。在白金汉大学37周的PGCE课程学习过程中,我最喜欢每周与我的校本导师赫斯特先生会面,讨论每周的学术阅读内容和相关问题。每周在校导师听课后的评课环节也使我收获良多。

在进行PGCE课程学习的同时,通过在校的课堂教学实践,我需要在大学导师曼斯菲尔德先生的指导下不断地尝试达到英国的教师标准,并为下一周的学习设立新的目标。我认为这非常不同于中国教师资格证考试,仅通过笔试和面试听课环节对教师能力的认定。白金汉大学的PGCE课程更侧重于对双语教师各项能力进行全方位地培养。"

 

自我信心+职业方向:犹如打开人生的大门

BISE: "您认为课程的学习对您的事业有什么帮助,毕业后有哪些新的规划吗?”

张老师:白金汉大学PGCE项目的学习为我继续任职在国际学校指明了方向,也让我的工作更加有自信。

我毕业后打算在目前工作的学校成为一名双语教师,同时申请攻读白金汉大学的教育学硕士课程。由于PGCE课程的完成可以为我教育学硕士的入学减免一些学分,我认为这有助于满足我想要通过硕士课程进行自我提升的预期,并且我也很期待驾驭一系列全新的责任与挑战。

学习这门课程犹如打开了我人生的一扇大门,使我有机会在教育领域保持终身学习的态度,并且为我个人的职业规划增加关键性机会。

 

 

专业知识+实践技能:突破职业现状的绝佳学习机会

BISE: 对于还在探索培训机会的教师,您有什么建议吗?您认为还有谁应该参加这个课程的培训?

张老师:对于那些正在寻找培训机会的中国教师,我会建议不论他们目前教授的是哪一个学科,在规划自己的职业生涯前都应多了解一下白金汉大学的PGCE项目,因为这或许将会是您突破现状的绝佳学习机会。我认为对许多大学毕业或者那些已在校工作的教师来说,学习这个课程可谓是受益匪浅!

如果你本身有良好的双语能力并且想成为一名国际学校的双语教师,这门课程将会为你提供专业知识和教学实践经验,从而帮助你实现梦想。我非常推荐所有双语教师们学习PGCE课程,但是不同大学的课程类型及侧重有很大的差异。而在全球疫情影响下,白金汉大学与白金汉国际教育学院合作推出的PGCE课程为那些在中国工作、生活并向往成为双语教师的人士提供了良好的自我提升机会。

 
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