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Heather Morris

Hartlepool, UK


PGCE Primary Education with QTS

Coming towards the end of her third degree, Heather Morris decided to pursue both a PGCE and a master’s in education at Sunderland to further specialise within her field, focusing on SEND. One of her favourite parts of the MA course has been the Gender and Diversity module, which has given her skills directly relevant to her profession, helping her set up an LGBTQIA+ inclusion hub in her school.

I achieved a First Class Honours degree in performing arts, followed by my PGCE in Primary Education, and I’m now nearing the completion of my third degree – a master’s in education with a specialisation in SEND (Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion).

My decision to enrol at the University of Sunderland for both my PGCE and MA stemmed from my aspiration to become an educator and further specialise within the field through a master’s degree. The University’s proximity and its reputation for exceptional teaching and facilities made it the ideal choice for me.

Throughout both my PGCE and the MA SEND, I’ve received invaluable support and guidance from my lecturers, who’ve tailored the course content to align with my professional goals. One particular highlight of the master’s course has been the Gender and Diversity module, which has equipped me with skills and insights directly applicable to my role as head of equality and diversity, and LGBTQIA+ lead. For example, I utilised knowledge gained from this module to create a presentation on gender diversity inclusivity for secondary school students and established an LGBTQIA+ inclusion hub within my school. Additionally, I’ve collaborated with schools across the North East of England to share best practices in equality and diversity.

To prospective students considering the University of Sunderland, I’d encourage you to take advantage of the numerous opportunities and resources available to you. My experience has been informative, wholesome, and incredibly beneficial to my career.”

Published 5 March 2024

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