Anton McLean (PGCE History)

Tell us something about what you were doing before you came to Oxford

Before coming to OUDES, I was doing a Politics and Parliamentary Studies degree at the University of Leeds.

What do you like most about studying in the Department of Education?

The curriculum sessions have raised some really thought-provoking questions and have given me the chance to work with a fantastic range of interns from a variety of different backgrounds.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

I wanted to make sure that I could become the best teacher that I could be.

What qualities do you think an Education student at Oxford needs to have in order to be successful?

The most important quality is a desire to make sure that all children progress in their learning. Then, you’ll need to have a hard-work ethic. You’ll also need to be able to manage your time well. Finally, you’ll need to be a good team-player.

If you are a PGCE student, how has your course influenced your thinking about teaching?

I’m not that old, but teaching has really changed over the last few years since I’ve left school. There seems to be a greater focus on how to make lessons accessible and interesting to students.

We hope that you would recommend the Department of Education as a place to come and study. What reasons would you give for this?

I think studying at OUDES will give you the opportunity to become the best teacher that you can be. Personally, I have worked with experienced tutors who have been friendly and welcoming and have helped me to progress with my teaching. I’ve met fellow interns from a range of backgrounds and experiences. Assignments, although taxing, have really helped me to focus on the quality of my teaching.
What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

For now I’m focusing on being the best teacher that I can be and attempting to provide all the students I work with the opportunity to fulfil their full potential

If I knew before I started the course what I know now, I would….

Have focused on the ‘enquiry question’ a lot more than I did initially. It is really important to the development of the lesson.

Please add anything else you would like to say

I don’t come from what many people might consider a typical ‘Oxbridge background’. I was educated at state schools and at secondary school was a pretty average student. Despite this, I worked hard during my undergraduate degree to make sure that I fulfilled my full potential and attained a 1st class degree. There are a wide range of interns at OUDES with a variety of different backgrounds. If you have confidence in your ability and want to apply for the course, then I would encourage you to do so.

Page last modified: March 11, 2014

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