Everyone can take something from this course

Hayley+Sophie PcET students

Sisters-in-law Hayley Porter and Sophie Dean are both studying the Post Compulsory Education and Training (PcET).

After gaining a degree in Journalism, Hayley has worked in marketing and public relations for nearly 20 years and now runs her own PR company. She works for many different clients mainly in the film and TV industry, specialising in children’s TV production The 35-year-old mum-of-two from Bristol first applied for the teaching course because she felt she could give something back to young people. “I have a lot of industry experience so I wanted to be able to share that and hopefully inspire students, as well as continuing with my PR work,” said Hayley.

She lectured part-time at South Gloucestershire & Stroud (SGS) College in Bristol, which fitted in perfectly with her career and family life. The flexibility and workload of the course means that she can juggle work, study and being a mum to six-year-old Olivia and four-year-old Seth. “In the future, I’d like to be a guest lecturer in either sports journalism or film and TV, so that I can continue with my business and teach part-time,” said Hayley.

“I’ve already been teaching two days a week so I feel my confidence has really grown since starting the course. I love that the course is suitable for anyone; whether you have a degree or not; whichever background you come from – you can take something from it.”

Sophie, whose husband Lloyd also studied on the course a few years previously, worked in childcare before having her first daughter, Lauren, who is now six. After returning to education to study a Foundation Degree, she completed a BA (Hons) Childcare and worked in a pre-school for four years before her youngest daughter Georgia, now aged two, was born.

“I thought about going into teaching because I noticed that a lot of students in the pre-school I worked in were lacking in a range of skills, and I wanted to be able to give something back to them, so I looked into starting the course,” said Sophie.

27-year-old Sophie, who is from Weston Super Mare, has now been offered a permanent job at Weston College where she completed work placements during her first year. She teaches BTEC level 2 and 3 to students aged 16 and older.

“It’s so rewarding to see them doing well and achieving good results,” she said. “I love seeing them take pride in their work and enjoy learning.”