Within our Leeds Trinity University PGCE mathematics cohort, there is no clear divide between IMA scholarship recipient, bursary, SKITT or provider led. As we embark on our ITT, we are all equal.
Raising the topic of your successful IMA scholarship can be a tumultuous endeavour, inevitably you will find that colleagues may have applied unsuccessfully which can create tension and potential resentment. That said, show your pride and enthusiasm once you've assessed which way the wind blows.
I am grateful for the extra opportunities for CPD and support.
On the day before the first conference I discovered the colleague sat next to me all-that-day was also a scholarship recipient. “Wow! Are you travelling by train tomorrow? “We could travel together and feel that we knew someone at the event…
Unfortunately, they had already decided not to go. After this conversation, their perspective shifted and whatever their previous reasons were for non-attendance, suddenly the opportunity seemed attractive. Sadly, the IMA had no available spaces left for the conference.
Take advantage of every opportunity offered by the IMA and elsewhere for your CPD, sooner rather than later.
University maths mentors could take successful IMA recipients aside early on in the PGCE course: ensuring that we are known to each other, allowing potential relationships to form and therefore encouraging engagement with scholar benefits. This is something I will feedback to both the IMA and LTU for the potential benefit of future cohorts.
My experience so far of the PGCE has been completely positive.
There are times when I am stressed, tired, anxious, panicked, experiencing late nights, early mornings and long days. These are normal mundane nuisances that creep into our everyday lives. The point is, I'm enjoying them, I'm happy with my life, the course and support available and want to succeed on my PGCE. How quickly life can change and feel purposeful, focused and enjoyable.
Although it has only been three weeks, I feel I must already express my thanks to LTU and especially Catherine Bell, my university-based maths mentor.
By S. J. Shackleton