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Teaching placement helps confirm students dream career of becoming a PE teacher

Studying the ‘Professional Practice in the Sport Industry’ module as part of the MA in Physical Education and Youth Sport at Leeds Beckett University, Ellie Taylor was able to experience what it was like to teach before deciding to apply to do a PGCE.

Ellie Taylor

Ellie graduated in 2020 from the BA (Hons) Physical Education and continued her studies onto the MA in Physical Education and Youth Sport which has helped her get closer to fulfilling her dream career of becoming a qualified PE teacher.

‘Professional Practice in the Sport Industry’ is an elective module for PG students in the Carnegie School of Sport, which is run by Senior Lecturer in sports Marketing, Kacy Mackreth. The module enables students to apply theoretical principles learned across their respective postgraduate degrees to enhance their knowledge both in the classroom and in a relevant industry context. It allows them to critically evaluate and analyse their future career choices in the field of Sport in both a strategic and operational context.

Commenting on the module Ellie said, “I am quite a practical person and enjoy undertaking work activities, so I mainly chose this module because of the opportunity to undertake a placement. This is a long thin module and although it is more popular amongst the business and marketing students, Kacy manages to tailor the sessions to each individual.”

Ellie realised early into the course that she wanted to go into teaching and potentially consider being an academic at a later date when she gained enough experience of physical education within a school.

Since December 2020 Elle has been working as a Cover Supervisor in a secondary academy. She is thoroughly enjoying teaching and the academy are supporting her teaching ambitions by paying for her PGCE qualification, which is a huge achievement.

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