James Rogers (PGCE Mathematics)(video)

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

Before I came to Oxford I had been working for a corporate stockbroking firm in the City. Having graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Economics and Education studies I always thought that teaching would feature at some point but the lure of the City got me hooked for almost 5 years!!

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

Being able to share the experience and learning from other interns; from your own subject and beyond.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

I was beginning to think that I would like to change career and a friend who had done her History PGCE course here recommended I look into it. Given the University’s and the Department’s reputation, particularly in Mathematics, it was clear what I wanted.

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

I think that they need to be open-minded, critical and enthusiastic about their own learning, as well as ambitious for what they want to do in their classroom.

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

How it has not might be an easier answer: Then I could just leave the box blank. The course has prompted me to think and re-think and work through lots of aspects of teaching.

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

Oxford is a special place to study, and this certainly applies to OUDE. The course is excellent and covers so many aspects of teaching that it fosters a fantastic base for continued development. The partnership scheme gives interns fantastic support and the confidence to take risks and to experiment as they develop. The opportunity to learn and take something away from each day is priceless, and the structure is put in place to make this possible.

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

I have so many ambitions for my career after Oxford, as a teacher, as a stakeholder in the Education system. I have a job in a school back in London which I chose as I feel it is a place that will allow me to continue to develop and learn as a teacher. I will start there and hope to be a better and better teacher year after year… who knows after that!

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

I might not have waited 5 years to move onto this career path. But never regret the things you do; only those you don’t.

Please add anything else you would like to say

Without wanting to sound too sycophantic, I cannot thank enough all the people who have been part of this year. We have been truly spoilt by the calibre of all our curriculum and PDP sessions, and also the dialogue between us all as a class. I feel so lucky that I am able to pursue something that I love and have been so well prepared, and if not have a bank of contacts who I know can help!

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