The 2016 PGCE awards

The 2016 PGCE award was won jointly by Megan Bailey, Jennifer Birtill and Annie Hughes who all achieved the highest mark of 81 for their PDP assignments.

Megan Bailey (Science)

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Title of assignment
Is the use of coloured overlays, paper or lenses effective in the management of dyslexia in the classroom?

Megan’s PDP explored the use of coloured lenses and overlays to alleviate the symptoms of dyslexia in the classroom. She established that despite being a cheap method that is widely used in schools, there is no real evidence for this technique being beneficial to dyslexics, although there is a benefit seen amongst those suffering from visual stress.

Jennifer Birtill (Modern Foreign Languages)

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Title of assignment
Preventing homophobic bullying in UK secondary schools

Jennifer’s PDP assignment looked at what measures UK secondary schools are currently taking to prevent prejudice-based bullying relating to sexual orientation. The study looked at the impact of changes in legislation over the last three decades, and took into account recent responses to questionnaires from both teachers and students. She also investigated the school policies of individual schools in relation to prejudice-based bullying.

Annie Hughes (Modern Foreign Languages)

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Title of assignment
Narrowing the attainment ‘gap’: to what extent is the Pupil Premium “solving” the attainment gap between pupils from low and high income families

The assignment looks at the attainment gap which exists in this country between students from high and low socioeconomic background. In particular, it examines to what extent the Pupil Premium, a grant introduced by the Coalition Government in 2011, is effective in ‘narrowing the gap’. Annie investigated how schools are spending the Premium money, what evidence is being used to inform school’s expenditure and finally how the money is spent in the context of her placement school.