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Amy Hoyle

Career Path: Primary School Teacher, Kirklees Metropolitan Council
Location: Huddersfield, UK

I went straight into being a full time teacher after I graduated. While I was in my third year at Northumbria I received help from my placement when I was approved for a teaching position.

What are you doing now?Amy Hoyle

I am now in my second year at the school, teaching years 3 and 5. I have thoroughly enjoyed it since day one. Tiring but rewarding and no full days!!

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

It is known for having a good course for teaching and I loved Newcastle when I came to visit the open days. It was also one of the only universities where I could choose my own subject specialism too, as well as being trained for Boosting Reading at Primary.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I enjoyed every minute!! Lectures, seminars, tutor meetings and I really enjoyed when teachers came in to talk to us and give us ideas to take to practice.

How connected was your course with industry?

We have 2/3 placements every year. Placements are so important and beneficial. I learnt the most from being on placement and when guests came in from local primary schools.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

Massively helped! It helped us to know what to expect as well as helping and practising new things.

What was the best thing about your course?

Placements! Also workshops from local teachers. Knowing what they did in schools really helped, we were able to relate to them.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Yes I don’t think I would be a teacher now if I didn’t go to Northumbria! It was just right for me!!

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Behaviour management, people skills, how to be up to date education worldwide, safeguarding, teachers standards, training on reading, differentiating, diversity.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Meeting new people and friends would be my highlight! Also the day I handed in my dissertation was an amazing feeling!

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Go for it! Work hard, reflect and keep trying! Northumbria is somewhere to learn and also enjoy yourself and have fun too. Believe in yourself and follow your dream.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Fun, rewarding and hardworking.

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