Saturday, 29 January 2011

Teacher Training

As some of you will know, James has been pursuing a career in education for some years now, beginning with an IT support role in a secondary school which led to more actual teaching opportunities. He applied to Cambridge to study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in History last year but was sadly unsuccessful. He had a bit of a rethink and decided to try primary teaching. He applied for a job at a local primary school and has been working there as a teaching assistant since September. It is clearly hard work, but he loves working with his class of 8-11 year olds. Last October he applied again to Cambridge but for a different course, working with younger children. It is a competitive course, and we were making plans for what we would do if he didn't get in, and had to move elsewhere to study. We decided that I'd keep the boat in Cambridge and he'd rent with fellow students for the year but come back for some weekends and school holidays. So when we were in the library, using the computers, and James got an email saying something had changed on the admissions tracking website, we both felt a surge of adrenaline. The decision had been made. He logged in, and to our delight, found the words 'Conditional offer'. I am so pleased for him! The Cambridge PGCE is one of the best in the country, and he can stay here on Lucky Duck with me.


  1. Congratulations James, I'm sure you'll do well. Glad you are able to stay in Cambridge, there's nowhere else like it.


  2. Congratulations James,

    Nan and Grandad