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James Slone

Career Path: Head of History, Hornsea School
Location: East Yorkshire, UK

After studying A-levels I attended the University of Hull and completed my BA in Twentieth Century History before commencing teacher training. I've taught history in three different schools since I completed my PGCE in 2007. I adore teaching (mostly!) and really love inspiring children with a love and passion for the subject. I always wanted to one day complete a Masters degree in history to further my knowledge and my career prospects. Therefore, in 2016 I took the plunge and decided to study part-time for a Masters whilst still working as Head of History at Hornsea School.

What are you doing now?James Slone

I am still working as Head of History at Hornsea School as well as a Team Leader for Edexcel GCSE marking.

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

I really liked the structure of the course. The units appealed to me, and the vast amount of resources available online for distance learners was very impressive.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

As a distance learner everything was done online. In-fact I didn't visit the university at all until my graduation day. However, I found the lecturers to be brilliant at keeping in touch via email. They were always really helpful. I also spoke on the phone a few times to my supervisor who was always really helpful. I made use of the library resources at my local universities (York and York St. John). I always found my feedback to be very helpful and constructive. I would say the hardest part was completing my dissertation, and I do wish that I had had a face-to-face meeting with my supervisor as I think this would have helped, but this was difficult with working full-time.

What was the best thing about your course?

The rigour of academic study again! I really enjoy studying and it was lovely to research and write academically about history.

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

It has certainly improved my delivery of A-level qualifications as I try to implement greater academic rigour for students. In future I am hoping that it will allow me to achieve a senior leadership position within schools.

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

Differing interpretations of history which I can then use to increase the rigour of our respective course.

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

As above really, the experience of academic study and proving to myself that I could still do this several years after completing my BA.

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

Go for it! But be aware of the workload involved.

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

Fascinating, enjoyable, proud

For more information about me visit:

  • Twitter - @jgslone
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