“With the course being so school-centred, it meant that we quickly got to put the theory into practise. Now I’ve completed by first term in school, I just wanted to say thanks for all the help and support last year. I felt as prepared as I could have done starting my first job!”

The PCP’s employment record is among the best in the sector, and many of our previous trainees are now in middle and senior leadership positions including as Headteachers, or are class teachers and mentors for current trainees. Read below to find out more about their experiences training with the PCP.

I have very fond memories of training to teach with the Primary Catholic Partnership. That PGCE year was very intense and a huge learning curve but I was so well supported and continually challenged that when I took up my first teaching post I felt ready and well prepared. Not only did my experience at the PCP prepare me to teach, it also laid the foundations for my subsequent leadership roles in school. As a Head Teacher, I can look back now and clearly see how the PCP prepared me to be a leader; ensuring that I was confident in all areas of the curriculum, equipping me with the ability to identify next steps and instilling in me the belief that my role in school, whatever that may be, can and will make a difference.

Laura Park – PCP Graduate and Headteacher at St John’s Cathedral Primary School, Portsmouth

The PGCE year at the PCP has been a great journey. I learnt so much about teaching, guided in this discovery by experienced lecturers. The PCP’s work is underpinned by its Catholic ethos, and collaborates extremely well with the Catholic schools of the diocese, which is what I was looking for before enrolling. From the administrator, to the director, the tutors and mentors, I was followed and supported very closely in my journey, and they all took my hand and accompanied me to becoming a teacher. I will always be grateful for this, and I will remember this year very fondly.

Carlo Sabatini – PCP Graduate 2019

I originally came from a business background and felt that the PCP would enable me to build on my prior learning and experience and develop key strengths within teaching, which it most certainly did! The course really prepares you for the many challenges that you will meet when teaching in the ‘real world’. There is no doubt that the PCP prepared me exceptionally well for my career.

I am extremely grateful for the opportunities given to me and the PCP has been an integral part of my teaching career, even today, 12 years on. The skills, knowledge and experience acquired have held me in great stead and prepared me extremely well for my teaching and educational leadership journey.

Gerry Curran – PCP Graduate 2007 and Senior Leader at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Christchurch