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Claire Rushworth

Sunderland, UK

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS


From a young age, Claire Rushworth wanted to be a primary school teacher, and the University of Sunderland offered her the perfect route into her dream job. Claire studied our BA (Hons) Primary Education course and is now celebrating over a decade in teaching. Claire also decided to continue her education at the University, coming back to study for a masters degree in Teaching and Learning with ICT.

I knew the University of Sunderland had an excellent reputation for its teaching courses so, being from the city, the choice was simple. From as young as ten I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I loved primary school as a child and just knew it was what I wanted to do.

The BA (Hons) Primary Education course was great as it gave me a general grounding in all primary school subjects so I could teach across the curriculum. I really enjoyed the lectures and meeting other people. The course also boosted my confidence. I was only 20 when I qualified so having the experience of teaching practice and speaking in front of other people gave me the ideal preparation I needed. University also helped me get my first job which is where I still am today ten years later!

My masters took me three years to complete part-time which was hard work, but very rewarding. I am always looking to further my skills and better myself, which being affiliated with the University allowed me to do. Beginning the masters helped me get promoted to Advanced Skills Teacher status. For the last four years, I've worked for the LEA one day a week, visiting other schools across the city to support teachers with their own ICT development."

Published 7 April 2018

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