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Rachel Cole

BSc, PGCE

Subject: Art, English, Geography, History, Maths

My journey into becoming a teacher started with a two-week work placement in a local Primary school at the age of fifteen. I immediately enjoyed the buzz of learning in the classroom. This led me to completing a BSc in English Language at Aston University and then a PGCE at Liverpool Hope University, before returning to the West Midlands where I live and have taught for the past seven years.

I have been lucky to work with many wonderful pupils and to have learned so much about education and learning. I was fortunate recently to have an experience as acting Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator, where my knowledge of special educational needs grew substantially. Currently, I work as a classroom teacher in Lower Key Stage Two and have a responsibility to running the ‘Arts Council’ group; an elected group of pupils hoping to raise the profile of Art across school and make it accessible to everyone. 

In my spare time, I like to disappear into a good book and have recently joined a book club. I love crafting and I am forever trying to improve my knitting! I like walking and spending some time daily on indoor cycling or ‘bootcamp’ exercises.

My favourite subjects as a child and even now are English and History. I am fascinated by the acquisition of language and development of vocabulary in learners and seeing how they create links with their own experiences to those described in books. I love how, alongside a ready model for communication, reading instils so much of the skills needed by learners: curiosity, perseverance and enjoyment. I have also completed a short course in teaching Mindfulness to young people.

Ultimately, I hope to make learning a pleasurable experience and help all pupils to reach their full potential.

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