The 2017 PGCE award

The 2017 PGCE award has been won by Jennifer Norcliffe.

Jennifer, a Science intern who did her placements at King Alfred Academy and St Birinus School, achieved the highest mark of 81 for her PDP assignment entitled Provision for Students with Mental Health Difficulties and Disorders in Secondary Schools.

The assignment explored how secondary schools can aid and support students with mental health difficulties and disorders. There were particular emphases on the role played by PSHE in educating students about mental health issues and the effectiveness of school-based counselling. Jennifer established that further training of teachers positively influenced the success of mental health-based PSHE programmes, whilst the impact of counselling, despite being generally positive, varied dramatically and could not be predicted for pupils fitting particular profiles.

Jennifer’s curriculum tutor, Vicky Wong, says: “I have been impressed with Jennifer’s work ethic and determination to be the very best teacher that she can be right from the start of the PGCE. Her thoughtfulness ensured that she used each assignment she wrote to drive improvements in her teaching and professional practice. The whole science team are delighted that she has received this award.”

Jennifer receives her award from Professor Anne Edwards, OES President, at the PGCE Garden Party on Thursday 29th June at Kellogg College.