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Stacey Matheron

Career Path: Early Years Teacher, Newcastle School for Boys
Location: Newcastle, UK

I initially studied Sociology at Northumbria, graduating in 2014. I then completed School Centred Initial Teacher Training through the Gateshead SCITT, accredited by Northumbria. I then taught at a state school as an EYFS teacher for two years. I went back to Northumbria in 2017 to study a masters degree in Psychology, with a particular interest in developmental and cognitive psychology. I did this full time course alongside teaching part time - it was challenging!

What are you doing now?Stacey Matheron

I am an Early Years Teacher in a private all boys school.

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

I had previous experience of Northumbria and knew how good their facilities were, how supportive their staff were and how I achieved so well in my initial degree. I knew Northumbria would be a good choice to also study my masters degree.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

For my masters degree, there was a good mix of sessions with lecture and seminar sections. Group work was highly encouraged and I always felt comfortable to share my knowledge and opinions. Marking and feedback was good and helped me to achieve even greater successes on following assignments.

How connected was your course with industry?

My course was not industry specific, but we did have the opportunity to share how our current job roles applied to different situations in psychology.

What was the best thing about your course?

The interesting and organised lectures.

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

I now have a much greater understanding of development and child psychology and I am using this to support children with additional needs and promote well-being.

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

I learnt how to become more confident to share my opinions with other adults, which has been great for running staff meetings. I have learnt how to reflect and review papers effectively and know which strategies from research are good to use in the classroom.

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

Meeting like-minded people who were happy to listen to and share their own opinions.

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

Go in with an open mind and do not be afraid to be yourself!

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

Uplifting, exciting, memorable

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