PGCE student profiles (formerly PGDE)

Sebastian Li looking happy in the countryside at sunset

My PGDE training was harsh, but yet one of the most rewarding experiences I ever had.

Sebastian Li PGDE Languages

As an international student on the PGDE, Sebastian has found the experience challenging but hugely rewarding.

Daniella Dunn at Graduation

The PGDE prepared me comprehensively for life as a teacher and it also fostered my skills as a practitioner researcher

Daniella Dunn PGDE English

PGDE English graduate, Daniella, is pleased that she chose the University of Sheffield to study her PGDE due to the quality of training that she received and the subsequent opportunities and experiences that the course created for her.

Conor Hurton PGDE student

Languages PGDE has given me an incredible and very desirable foundation for my teaching career

Conor Hurton PGDE Languages

Conor Hurton reflects on the care and support offered by his tutors on PGDE Languages which has provided the foundation for a career that he loves.

Billie Parnham PGDE alumnus

My experience has enabled me to be the best teacher that I can be

Billie Parnham PGDE Languages

Modern Foreign Language teacher, Billie Parnham, feels the course equipped her with the assets of an outstanding teacher, one that always reflects on her practice and strives to engage students and create outstanding resources.

Yasmin Badat PGDE alumni

Completing the PGDE is the best thing I ever did

Yasmin Badat PGDE Geography

Newly qualified teacher, Yasmin, took the plunge from working as a Teaching Assistant to undertake her PGDE. She reflects on the challenge of training to teach during the Covid pandemic, but thanks to the high quality tuition and all the support, she is so proud of her achievements.

PGDE History alumnus

The PGDE at The University of Sheffield is More Than Just Teacher Training

Eric Redknap PGDE History

Eric works in Specialist education with some of the most challenging and complex young people in South Yorkshire, helping them to become happy, confident, and functioning citizens. The support and guidance he received from tutors on the PGDE enabled him to fulfil this ambition.

PGDE Alumnus Beth Taylor teaching science

Learning to teach at Sheffield was the best decision I have made

Beth Taylor PGDE Science with Chemistry

The training and skills that Beth developed on the PDGE have led to a successful teaching role at a top school in Dubai where she has lead the school to achieve the “Enthuse Award for Excellence in STEM”.

Photograph of secondary school classroom

Geography PGDE has eclipsed all my expectations

Simon Davies PGDE Geography

PGDE Geography student, Simon, sees the high caliber of students that the course at Sheffield attracts as a major resource for his teaching development, where he benefits from the mutual support of a diverse year group who have the mindset of sharing best practice and embracing collaboration.

Photograph of Emily Homer

My Initial Teacher Training year allowed me to enter the profession with confidence and ambition

Emily Homer PGDE Geography

Emily has built on the vital expertise and experiences she gained on the course to confidently begin a successful teaching career and is now on track for a role in leadership.


PGDE alumnus receives prestigious award from Institute of Physics

Stephen Gascoigne PGDE in Physics

Stephen successfully beat off stiff competition from physics teachers across the country to receive a prestigious award by the Institute of Physics for achieving outstanding attainment of pupils in A-level Physics.

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