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Melissa Buckley

Primary Education PGCE

Why did you choose Northumbria?

Northumbria University appealed to me with its vocational approach and hands-on nature, whilst the balance of time being spent in schools on placement and on campus attracted me to the course. We have three placements set in educational establishments and these were paramount to grounding the knowledge gained in lectures.

What support did you receive?

My tutors were great, very supportive whilst still allowing you to learn, which at times meant making mistakes! I particularly enjoyed having a professional tutor who could be consulted whenever you needed him, developing the personal touch. As I am dyslexic I have consulted with Student Services fairly regularly. They were very helpful and an asset to the University. Their support allowed me to overcome my difficulties and concentrate as best I could with my course.

What did you like most about the course?

I loved learning to teach! It sounds a cliché but I loved learning how to reach young children with the knowledge they needed to take on board whilst working with teachers in school and tutors at University, establishing my own style of teaching. Being able to see the children grow in knowledge was excellent, but getting to know them personally, affecting their lives and futures was amazing and spurred me onto finding a job all the more!

What are you doing now you’ve graduated?

I have fulfilled my ambition to take up a teaching post and I have secured a job teaching Year 6.

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