Laura Henderson - Teaching Case Study

PGCE Law

Laura Henderson
Age: 22
PGCE FT: Law specialism
Work placement: Durham Sixth Form College

''I had studied a Law degree at Northumbria University and always thought that a career in teaching was a realistic option for me. I initially started to explore the idea of becoming a solicitor but decided I would prefer to pursue the teaching option. A member of staff from the NSE came into the University to promote what Newcastle College could offer and what teaching qualifications were available.

This prompted me to enrol onto the PGCE course at Newcastle College and I immediately set out trying to find a suitable work placement. I applied to numerous companies and eventually approached the college I had once attended, Durham Sixth Form. I am currently teaching BTEC, AS and A2 Law and it’s given me a superb grounding for a career in teaching.

My teaching placement has given me lots of opportunities including numerous vocational student field trips and personal professional development opportunities. I recently took my students into Durham prison as part of a criminology module to look at how sentencing is carried out and to give students a good insight into the prison structure and set up.

I have been able to link the theory I have learnt in my PGCE course directly to the teaching I am carrying out at Durham Sixth Form College. My tutors encourage me to try new approaches to how we deliver our lessons and depending on the type of student I am teaching I am able to adapt my style to ensure its effective for them''.