Ofsted Outstanding young lecturers were ‘Made in Truro College!’

Two young college lecturers from Cornwall are celebrating being part of Callywith College's Ofsted 'Outstanding' team, and have explained how they got there.

Jazmin Stevenson from Newquay and Tim Nixon from Goonhavern both did the PGCE teaching qualification at Truro College, which gave them the skills, knowledge and values necessary to excel as a college lecturer. 

Jazmin, 26, did her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Gloucestershire, then the PGCE at Truro College while she was also teaching at Truro College on the Personal Professional Development course. She then taught Health and Social Care at Penwith, and in 2019 at Callywith College full-time. 

I know when I was doing my A Levels that I wanted to be a teacher, that's why I went to university, and I loved it.

Jazmin, former PGCE student and full-time lecturer at Callywith College

"I've found here on the PGCE they support you more than at University, the lecturers were really good, they give you guidance. Teaching is hard work but lovely to see all the students get their university places, then they go on and you know you've helped them getting to where they want to go. We've had loads on Health and Social Care that have gone on to be nurses and other things."

Of the Callywith Outstanding rating, she says: "It's amazing, everybody's buzzing. It's what we've been working towards. But when Ofsted came in we didn't want them to think we were just putting it on, as that is how we are every day."

Tim, 26, studied Sport at Truro College, before doing Sport and Physical Education at Cardiff Met. When doing his full-time PGCE at Truro College he was teaching on the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport Science, A Levels, and also the Level 3 BTEC in Sport that he himself had studied on at the College.

I never thought when I was a student that I'd be back in five or six years, teaching on it.

Tim, 26, former PGCE student and lecturer at Callywith College

"The other teachers were all the same, which is quite nice, to have previously been a student and then get welcomed into the office, get to know them, not just as teachers but on a personal level as well."

"I think I've always wanted to become a teacher, specialising in Sport. I was lucky enough to go to Callywith, that opened in 2017, I qualified when I was there, and the year after I became full-time."

Of the Outstanding rating at Callywith, he says: "I've been lucky, the opportunities happened at the right times, the opportunity to work at Callywith, getting the full-time position, then getting the Outstanding. That meant a lot to a lot of the people that were there since Day One, it was a really nice achievement."

Tim advises others: "If you've definitely got that idea that you want to be a teacher, especially specialising in FE, then go and do it. It's really tough, challenging, but it's very rewarding."

Jazmine and Tim, former PGCE students at Truro College and now full-time lecturers at Callywith College

Jazmine and Tim, former PGCE students at Truro College and now full-time lecturers at Callywith College

Truro and Penwith College has many course options that allow you to be a teacher, lecturer, or work in education in Cornwall at any level. The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a one-year full-time course at Truro College, or two-years part-time, that allows you to teach in Further Education (16-19-year-olds), and in the skills sector. 

Other teacher training at Truro College includes the post-16 Certificate in Education, for those that want to teach a vocational subject such as Hairdressing or Catering, and undergraduate options for a career in Primary education such as the BA (Hons) Education and Training, FdA Childhood Education, and the brand-new FdA Teaching and Learning.

Callywith College was opened in Bodmin in September 2017 as the first all-new college in the UK for 20 years. Created to serve post-GCSE 16 to 19 year olds in mid, north and east Cornwall, Callywith College was rated 'Outstanding', the highest possible quality rating, by Ofsted in early 2020.

Ofsted reported that: 'Teachers have a passion for the subjects they teach. Students are overwhelmingly positive about all aspects of college life. Staff have worked tirelessly to create a culture of high expectations for all. They have developed a curriculum which raises the aspirations and achievements of its students.'