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Recent trainee teachers share what motivates them to teach.

Q&A with Parsa Hassan-Yazdi, Mathematics PGCE

Parsa Hassan Yazdi is completing a PGCE in Maths teaching

"The IOE has really set me up to teach at a high level which means the students I teach will also be learning at a higher level."

Q&A with Laura Sutherland, Music PGCE

Laura Sutherland, PGCE Music student of 2020

"I am very grateful to the IOE for making it so easy for me to be confident in my decision to change career."

Portrait artwork by pupils at Gladesmore Secondary School. Photo by Phil Meech

Q&A with Luke Jenner

Citizenship PGCE.

Luke on what it takes to succeed in the teaching profession.

The White Tower at the Tower of London

Q&A with Chloe Rodgerson

History PGCE.

Chloe believes that London offers the fantastic opportunity to bring the city's history into the classroom and enables students to relate to what they are learning.

Victoria Henshaw, trainee History teacher

Q&A with Victoria Henshaw

History PGCE.

"This is time to think about what kind of teacher you want to be... it’s really laying a foundation that I can use in a very practical sense."

PGCE student Emma

Q&A with Emma Costard

Languages PGCE.

"Lively, interesting, and engaging sessions which make you feel part of something bigger than the PGCE itself."

Rush of pupils leaving the school entrance at home time. Image by Phil Meech for UCL

Q&A with Sabrina Mohamed

Languages PGCE.

As a French national, Sabrina reflects on training to teach in London schools.

Najma Khan, trainee teacher

Q&A with Najma Khan

Mathematics PGCE.

Najma talks about juggling her time between work, study and being a parent, and the skills she's learned through training to teach in a multicultural city.

Bandini Shah, trainee teacher

Q&A with Bandini Shah

Post Compulsory PGCE: English (literacy and ESOL) pathway.

Bandini completed her PGCE through part-time study. She aims to work with adults who want to improve their English and literacy.

Computer cluster in the library

Q&A with Behzad Tarfiee

Post Compulsory PGCE: mathematics and numeracy pathway.

Behzad reflects on the PGCE selection and interview process, and how his current training builds on his previous experience as a teaching professional.

IOE building from the west side

Q&A with Simon Squire

Post Compulsory PGCE: mathematics and numeracy pathway.

After a career as an accountant and business owner, Simon found his love for teaching through voluntary work. He outlines four elements of the PGCE that he's found most valuable.

Trainee teacher Olivia Wills

Q&A with Olivia Wills

Primary PGCE.

Olivia talks about training to teach on the School Direct route, her placement experiences, and being able to explore the psychology and philosophy behind learning and education at large.

Rhia Gibbs, trainee social sciences teacher

Q&A with Rhia Gibbs

Social Sciences PGCE.

Rhia shares how she's overcome different challenges while training to teach, and the advice she'd give others who are about to start their training.