Debbie Jenkins, PGCE teaching training course

UWE Bristol

As a mum of two in her thirties, Debbie decided to completely change direction and retrained to teach children with special needs in primary schools.

She did a master’s in Special Education Needs near where she lives in Wales, and then applied for the PGCE teacher training course at UWE Bristol.

Changing careers was a massive decision for Debbie. She was studying full-time on the course which was a big commitment with her family to think about too.

I was very determined and it was great to use my brain again. My tutors were always there to listen, chivvy me along and offer extra support when needed. I loved every minute of the PGCE, and I’m doing a job I love now. – Debbie Jenkins

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