Abigail Ball

Abigail Ball

I am an Assistant Professor and Head of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in the Centre for Teacher Education at Warwick University.

Location Coventry


  • Thank you Subhendu, good to hear.

  • Well done for sharing this Subhendu, does anyone else want to share their five words?

  • Mukhtar glad you found the videos useful.

  • I totally agree Subhendu.

  • Cindy, you will get lots of support from Warwick and your school with observations so don't worry too much about this. You will become familiar with them very quickly.

  • Great to read such a mix of experiences and your reasons for getting into teaching.

  • Firsts are always daunting Siobain, but you will get lots of support both at University and in schools. Organisation is definitely important though.

  • Glad that you are finding the resources reassuring Emma. You will get lots of information about the teachers' standards both at Warwick and when you are on your placement(s).

  • Well done for taking the plunge and getting this discussion started Emma.

  • Thank you all for your feedback, good to hear that you found the course useful. As this is an open course we've had to find the balance between giving participants information about the Warwick PGCE whilst recognising that not everyone on this course will be studying at Warwick in September. This is why we have not included more specific information about...

  • Again, thank you for sharing your reflections McKenna, as you say flexibility is a very good skill to acquire as it will help with all aspects of your teaching. Flexibility is something that develops with experience - it can seem daunting when you first start teaching but by the end of your PGCE you'll have it down to a fine art.

  • Thank you for sharing this Maura, yes your teaching philosophy will inevitably develop as your career as a teacher develops but keeping hold of why you wanted to become a teacher in the first place is important.

  • I always enjoy reading the responses to this discussion and usually think to myself I wish I were in one of your classes now! You will have plenty more opportunities on the PGCE course to think about the type of teacher you want to be and the opportunities you want to give your students.

  • Maura, it is very easy to focus on the negative with topics like LAC and Pupil Premium, so hearing how teachers have made a difference, even if it is to just one person's life is important (and Jaz is very engaging). As you say, creating a safe environment for all children is so important and something that you will receive support on when on placement and at...

  • McKenna there are lots of materials available to help schools decide how to spend their pupil premium grant and this is one of the things that Ofsted check when they visit a school so they are very much held to account. You will find out much more about LAC when you join the PGCE - hopefully this will include why the funding for primary and secondary pupils...

  • Well done for starting this discussion Mary, you will revisit professional values frequently during your PGCE year. An interesting exercise is to reflect on your values at the start of the year and then later in the year to see if/how they have evolved as you gain teaching experience.

  • This is a really good observation Ryan, particularly in your PGCE year.
    Recognising that you can't do everything and that there are people there to support you at school and at university is important for you and your pupils.

  • These are really good points McKenna.

  • This is a good summary Claudio.

  • That's good to hear Ryan, the focus on wellbeing is certainly something that has grown over the past few years, with the pandemic bringing it to the fore.

  • McKenna, these are really good points. I particularly like your comment about adult friendships as this can indeed be difficult when you spend most of your time with children. Hopefully you will start to make these connections when you start the PGCE programme. CTE has developed a range of wellbeing resources that you will be introduced to on the PGCE and...

  • Well done for considering adaptive teaching Mary, you will learn lots more about this on the PGCE.

  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts on reflection and assessment Mary, glad you are engaging with reflection and can see how it can benefit your classroom practice.

  • Well done for starting to link practice in classrooms to the Teachers' standards from week one Bella.

  • Millicent you will get lots of support on all of the areas you have identified when you start the PGCE and as you rightly say you will get better at these with practice.

  • Chris it is great that you are working proactively to address the challenges you have identified and enjoying getting to know the school and your pupils.

  • These are a good set of observations Ryan, ranging from critical thinking to behaviour management, well done.

  • These are detailed observations Mary, you make valid comments about James' delivery and you have some good ideas about how the lesson could have been improved, well done.

  • It is great to have a mix of people who are completely new to teaching and those who have had some experience in the past. Hopefully you can learn from each other as you progress through this course and onto the PGCE.

  • Good observations Ellis, hopefully you can start to see how you might apply these activities in your own teaching.

  • Thank you for sharing your route into teaching Chris, career changers, such as yourself, bring a wealth of experience to teaching. Don't worry about the academic side, you will get lots of support with this!

  • Behaviour management is covered in week two of this course and it is a focus of the PGCE programme in term one too so you will get lots of support with this.

  • Claudio you will look at different teaching strategies on the PGCE programme and you will receive support on placements about this.

  • This is a really good point Bella and teacher wellbeing is something we cover later in this course.

  • Ellis, you will get lots of support from both University and school staff to help you to understand the teacher standards and how they inform lesson observations.

  • As you will learn from interacting with your peers on this course, many people have similar motivations for wanting to become a teacher, they just articulate them slightly differently.

  • Hello everyone and welcome to the course. Great that we already have English, languages and science represented here.

  • Hello Keith, welcome to this course. Looking forward to meeting more of your colleagues as the week progresses.

  • Good to hear your positive comments about the course. Well done for reaching the end and we very much look forward to meeting you in September.

  • It sounds like your teaching philosophies have not fundamentally changed in the four weeks of this course but you are starting to reflect more deeply on what is important to you as a teacher. You will revisit your teaching philosophy on the PGCE programme so reflecting on how it has changed (or not) between now and then will be an interesting exercise.

  • This is a really good point Jack, you will probably not get everything right straightaway and that is OK. Think back to the values you reflected upon in activity 4.8, they don't just apply to the classrooms you will teach in, they also apply to the classrooms you will learn in as a trainee teacher.

  • It is interesting that the terms safe/trusting have come up in all of your postings but you also balance these with terms such as challenging and fun. You will learn lots more about professional values on your PGCE programme as these are woven through our teaching and underpin the Teachers' Standards (particularly part two).