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PE TEACHER TRANING  

 
The University of Bedfordshire continues to be one of the UK's main providers of both undergraduate and post graduate training for PE teachers. The undergraduate course is only one of three available in the UK.  
 
Mark Bowler – Course Coordinator for BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary) (with QTS) gives an update on the progress of the course and makes an appeal for your support 
 
"2018 has been another busy but successful year. We are pleased and astonished in equal measure to gain another 100% overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey, meaning we had achieved this extremely rare accolade for four years in a row!  
 
This result crystalises our position as a leading course at the University of Bedfordshire and across the country – we are the only undergraduate Physical Education with QTS degree to have achieved 100% overall satisfaction for four consecutive years. 
This year we recruited 25 students and have been given an allocation of 52 places for September 2019. We now have a great challenge to let as many people know that we are still here, that we provide an excellent initial teacher education experience and that our outcomes are outstanding. 
 
We are proactively seeking to do this, but are faced with increased competition and a huge expansion of postgraduate teacher training courses, leading many applicants to seek out the “3 + 1” route. If there is any way you, the members of BPEOSA, could help to let any contacts you have know about the course, we would be greatly appreciative. 
All it takes is to share my contact details (mark.bowler@beds.ac.uk) or click here to see the course website". 
 
The Bedford Campus 
Current PE QTS students in action in the gym 
Read the perspective of a Graduate from 2017  
 
I have loved my four years on the course. It gave plenty of opportunities early on to be practical, work in teams and get to know one another, and as a consequence we are a very close cohort that I will miss seeing daily. The 4 placements, for me are where I learnt most and developed as a teacher. Without them I don’t believe I would feel ready to be an NQT; school experiences have made me feel ready to start my career. Lecturers were friendly, knowledgeable, supportive and professional throughout and most were readily available to help me. Lecturers also kept us up to date with subsidised courses which helped to build my CV over the years. The extra units available in the fourth year to specialise in areas of interest were especially engaging and relevant to me and increased my interest in health in schools and current issues surrounding assessment. Overall, I had a very happy four years on the course at Bedford and I’m overwhelmed with the success it has bought me. I can’t thank the course enough for its support and encouragement throughout. 
Emily (2017 graduate). 
 
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