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David's story

David Lenagh gave up a successful career as a Pharmacist to train as a Chemistry Teacher. He is just about to complete his PGDE.

“When I decided to do my teacher training I looked at all of the programmes available and realised that Liverpool John Moores offered just what I wanted. I was really drawn to the PGDE and the opportunity to gain Masters-level credits.

For the first three or four weeks of the programme all teacher training students spend time together at the University getting a good grounding in the basics. It is a great opportunity to familiarise yourself with the University, the programme structure and, of course, get to know your fellow trainees.

Once in school you begin by observing lessons, then get involved with team teaching, then lead a small portion of a lesson and finally take your first full lesson. This initial classroom experience may seem a little daunting but it is also very rewarding.

Although giving up my career in pharmacy seemed a big step at the time I can honestly say it was the right decision for me. Seeing the progression of the children in my classes is ample recompense for any sacrifices I have had to make.”