I was a mature student who wanted to change careers and needed a course that would allow me to work, support my family, and study all at the same time.
I worked as a journalist for many years and, after starting a family, decided it was time for a career change. The programme at Sunderland offered me the chance to do that, while at the same time still working to support my young family.
I am now headteacher at Seaburn Dene Primary School in Sunderland. I progressed from being a newly qualified teacher, to teacher, to Deputy Head, to Head.
The best aspects of the course were the attentive tutors, good links with schools across the region and a strong support network. A piece of advice I'd give would be to take the leap of faith; to not be afraid and realise that without risk there is no reward.
Without Sunderland’s flexible teaching style I would not have been able to make the career change I wanted to in my mid-30s. The opportunity to do this changed my life and I am now in a career I love, working with inspiring people every day."
Published 4 July 2019