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Stephen Wood

Peterlee, UK

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS


Gaining a BA (Hons) in Primary Education 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 and he is looking to continue working with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and one day become a Head Teacher at a SEND school.

I checked the University league tables for my course and noticed Sunderland was ranked high for Education. I then spoke to people who previously went to Sunderland and they explained to me how much they enjoyed the course and how supportive the staff was 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 my course, I mostly 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 recommend the University of Sunderland to others who wish to teach. I loved my three years. I enjoyed all aspects of my course as well as the other extra-curricular activities available to all students at the University. While I studied I played for the University Rugby and Cricket Teams; the staff on my course were always supportive of all my needs including the times I was playing Rugby for the University.

I would tell prospective students to come to Sunderland! This place 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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