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Stephen Wood

Peterlee, UK

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

Gaining the BA (Hons) Primary Education degree brought Stephen Wood one step closer to his dream of becoming a primary school teacher. Since graduating, Stephen has been working as a supply teacher for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, which includes working in PRU and Special Needs schools. He hopes one day to become a headteacher at a SEND school.

I checked the university league tables for my course and noticed Sunderland was ranked highly for its Education courses. I then spoke to people who previously went to Sunderland and they told me how much they enjoyed the course and how supportive the staff were there.

I had interviews at Sunderland, Northumbria, and Durham, and throughout the whole process, I found Sunderland was the only university that talked about what they could do for me and not just how brilliant they were.

During the course, I most enjoyed the active learning. I was given the opportunity in my lectures and seminars to use learning resources that I would go on to use in the classroom whilst teaching. It meant I could find out which resources I liked and which ones I didn’t. This helped me to understand the sort of teacher I would become and how I preferred to teach children. 

I would definitely recommend the University of Sunderland to others who wish to teach. I enjoyed all aspects of my course as well as the other extracurricular activities available to all students at the University. While I studied, I played for the rugby and cricket teams, and the staff on my course were always supportive of all my needs.

Sunderland gave me an amazing three years which I couldn’t have found elsewhere. I would also tell students to make sure they enjoy their time at the University and take advantage of all the opportunities available to them – the three years go by so quickly, so definitely make the most of it.”

Published 20 March 2019

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