THE College offers PGCE (Professional Certificate of Education) courses to lecturers training at the College and people in the local area training to become teachers.
All areas during the recent Ofsted inspection received an overall effectiveness grade 2 which means good including the outcomes for trainees, the quality of training across the partnership and the quality of leadership and management.
Ofsted highlighted key strengths in the training provision such as the expertise and commitment of tutors delivering the programmes, the increase of trainees achieving higher grades and the successful progression of trainees who move quickly into employment.
Former trainee and now English Lecturer at the College, Pete Muffett, feels his practice has greatly improved since studying on the course. He said: “The tutors and mentors were always on hand to help and offer support. I have benefitted from the skills and ideas learnt on the PGCE course which has given me confidence in myself and my teaching ability.”
Toni Hanson worked in early years childcare before deciding to change careers and become a lecturer. She said: “Changing careers was a scary thing to do. I had the industry knowledge but didn’t know how to teach.
“The programme at South Essex College has been fantastic. It has helped me learn to put theory into practice and built my confidence and skills. I can now proudly tell people I am a teacher!”
Markus Copping, Teaching and Learning Manager at the College, manages the PGCE programmes. He said: “This is a fantastic result for the College, it shows we are producing quality lecturers and teachers who go on to make a difference in the education sector.”
The College is part of the University of Essex ITE (Initial Teacher Education) partnership with the Colchester Institute.