The PGCE course at Severn Training and Schools Alliance was the scariest, but most rewarding challenge I have ever undertaken. As a mother of children with special needs, I particularly appreciated that mental health and wellbeing was at the forefront of the training programme. I felt supported and encouraged at every stage, and I made friends and memories that will last a lifetime!

The robust academic programme enabled me to broaden my knowledge with the latest pedagogical approaches and gave me a thorough understanding of the current issues facing schools.

Receiving hands-on, practical experience in the classroom from the beginning enabled me to enter my Early Career Teaching programme with confidence. The carefully structured initial teacher training programme ensured that I experienced all aspects of teaching and allowed me to build resilience. Careful consideration regarding school placements meant that I could experience contrasting placements which also suited my individual circumstances and career aspirations.

The collaborative approach at Severn Training and Schools Alliance meant that I had a strong support network of Associate Teachers. I was able to build excellent relationships with mentors and Quality Assurance leaders from local schools. Every aspect of the training was relevant, we were encouraged to share knowledge and ideas, and we received the most up to date knowledge from specialist leaders of education.

Stepping into your own classroom for the first time can be overwhelming, but having trained with Severn Teaching and Schools Alliance I felt empowered, confident and ready to make a difference.