Student Profiles

School of Teacher Education and Professional Development

Hannah Aldred

“This was an incredibly rewarding experience that has developed my teaching and behaviour management.”
About My Course

Having spent a year working in primary schools to decide whether teaching would be the correct route for me to take professionally, I became a special support assistant within a Pupil Referral Unit. This involved supporting children with social emotional behaviour disorders, ADHD and autism spectrum conditions.

This was an incredibly rewarding experience that confirmed I had made the right choice and inspired me to work towards becoming a Special Educational Needs Coordinator. I applied to MMU because their PGCE enabled me to study general primary and specialise in Special Education.

Completing a PGCE is hard work. This course provides you with an introduction to teaching, looking at subjects across the curriculum with experienced specialist teachers. My time at Manchester Met has provided me with a tool kit of ideas and philosophies about teaching that have developed my future practice. Within our studies on Special Educational Needs (SEN) I was able to look in close detail at recognising signs of dyslexia, dyspraxia, learning difficulties and other emotional needs within the classroom and how to support their educational needs throughout the school environment.

One of the course highlights was the inspirational guest speakers who came in to speak to us about special education, behaviour management, EAL, social, moral, cultural and spiritual issues. These speakers had a huge impact on me as a trainee teacher and their philosophies will shape my future teaching practice.

I was very lucky to work with the Together Trust, a special organisation supporting 5-18 year olds with social, emotional behaviour disorders. For my final 11 week placement I was able to complete the stipulated requirements at an outstanding school for children who have been permanently excluded from primary schools. This was an incredibly rewarding experience that has developed my teaching and behaviour management. During my placements I was supported by experienced mentors.

Through university careers days I was able to practise interviews and get feedback from teachers and head teachers which built up my confidence to apply for jobs. MMU invite schools and agencies to meet PGCE students - this helped me to secure my NQT post in a Manchester school.