Sophie Benstead

PGCE Primary Education Student

Sophie graduated from the University of Hull in 2016 with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Coaching and Performance. Sophie’s final year Dissertation was entitled: Strategies used by PE teachers to better engage adolescent boys. She is currently working with her former supervisor to prepare this study as a paper for publication.

During her time in SHES Sophie completed a number of voluntary placements within both primary and secondary education, which cemented her desire to become a teacher. During October of her final year Sophie began applying for teacher training courses. After a number of interviews for both primary and secondary schools she managed to secure a place studying again with the University of Hull. Sophie is currently studying and training for her Post-graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She describes the PGCE as a very intensive, demanding course which, essentially covers three years over 10 months. Sophie is presently going through the application and interview process to secure her first position ready to begin her teaching career in September 2017.

As part of her Seminar, Sophie alongside SHES graduate, Jordan Whitlam will talk you through the business of finding teaching placements in your second and third year of studies, as well the variety of training courses available. Sophie and Jordan’s presentation will be chaired by Tony Taylor of the University of Hull Careers and Employability service, who will be outlining the support available to help you find out more about teaching courses and prepare for interviews.