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QUB Prize winner of GTCNI STAR Awards 2018


STAR Award Winner 2018 QUB 

Three Minute Interview

As part of the PGCE Certificate and Prizes Event at 
QUB's Riddle Hall this August – we congratulate
Ryan Patterson, winner of the GTCNI STAR Award for
both Top performing student and Education Studies.











Ryan kick-starts our new Three Minute Interview designed to give voice to
STAR Award students from our local Higher Education Institutions (HEI's). 

1. As a GTCNI STAR award winner – How might you use your prize?
I have invested the prize money in a new computer. Something that I hope that will
benefit me in my career and my down time! 

2. Who or what has been your biggest influence or inspiration?
Impossible to choose. I wouldn’t have achieved any of this without my parents.
I wouldn’t be the man I am today, nor have such a passion to work with young people
had it not been for my pastor. My Maths teacher Miss Faulkner was the one that initially inspired me to teach and I would not have survived the PGCE course were it not for my subject coordinator. 

3. After graduation have you any career plans lined up?
I am incredibly fortunate to have obtained a full-time permanent job at Belfast Royal Academy. It is an incredible school with incredible staff and I hope to have a positive influence there for many years to come. 

4. What advice would you give incoming students taking a BEd or PGCE course?
Hang in there and stick together! It is hard, it is intense and it is stressful, but so worth it in the end. For me however, the most important question you need to ask yourself during the course is, ‘Do I have a desire and a real passion to work with these students?’

5. What challenges do you face entering the teaching profession?
A new start! Settling into a completely new school, with so much new information to take in. Every school is so different to integrating yourself into its environment while still needing to develop as a young teacher makes the first few months and years particularly intense. 

6. What (teaching level) and subjects do you plan to teach?
The classes I will teach range from Form 1 to A-Level. It is working with the A-Level
students that I find most rewarding. 

7. Do you feel the GTCNI STAR Award is a valuable incentive for student
during their teacher training?

Absolutely, it helps you strive to be better and encourage those around you to do the same. 

8. What support/service would you expect to get from GTCNI,
your professional regulatory body?

Particular help with and notice of changes to policy as the needs and challenges of our
young people change so rapidly. 

Watch this space!

We'll be following up with our STAR Award winning graduates next year. Look out for further update.

Pictured below (L–R) Gerry Devlin GTCNI's Senior Education Officer, Professor Carl Bagley, Head of the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s, Ryan Patterson, nominated GTCNI STAR Award winner for both Top Performing Student and Educational Studies and  guest speaker, Kathleen O’Hare, former Principal of Hazelwood Integrated College.















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