A Tale of Two Cities: a comparison of the PGCE Secondary English programmes at the Universities of Bristol and Malta, with particular emphasis on the student teachers' school-based experience and the role of the mentor

Lorna A Smith, Doreen Spiteri

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In this article, we compare the Secondary English Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) programme for initial teacher education at the University of Bristol, UK, with that at the University of Malta, with particular attention to the content of the respective programmes and the role of the school-based mentor. We explore issues raised by the fact that, while Bristol relies on a mentor figure to support all student teachers, the Maltese programme does not yet use this model. Consideration is given to the benefits and challenges of working with mentors and the implications for student teachers and their mentors with the development of the newly-introduced School Direct programme in England.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-228
Number of pages15
JournalEnglish in Education
Issue number3
Early online date4 Aug 2013
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2013


  • Mentor
  • student teacher
  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education English
  • School Direct

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