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Catherine Waters

I am from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. I helped in my daughter's nursery and my son's reception class and was inspired by the staff and children to go into teaching. I have taught for 20 years, 10 years in a mainstream support-base primary school supporting children with a range of SEN, MLD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism, and EBD. I undertook a PGCE to further my knowledge and understanding.

What are you doing now?

I work as a Liaison Teacher for Specific Learning difficulties.

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

I needed the qualification to work in SENIT.

What was the best thing about your course?

Developing my knowledge and understanding of Dyslexia, meeting interesting people.

Who inspired you the most and why?

Angela Fewel, the course tutor. She made aspects of Dyslexia clearer to me.

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

Assessments for reading and spelling.

What did you enjoy most about being at Northumbria University?

I enjoyed learning at that level again.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking about studying at Northumbria University?

PGCE in SpLD is a great course!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Interesting, valuable and worthwhile.

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