Alicia Denham

Course: FdA Supporting Learning and Teaching and BA Education & Training (Top-up)

Alicia studied at New College Durham whilst working full-time as a Transition Support Worker in a secondary school.

She said:

“My time studying at New College Durham provided me with the theory behind teaching and learning, as well as supporting me to learn about myself by viewing education from a variety of angles, to develop skills I needed to excel inside and outside of the classroom.

“I wanted to become a primary school teacher and the course provided me with knowledge, enhanced my confidence and develop my understanding of education to apply in a classroom context.

“The skills and experience gained throughout studying at New College Durham helped to prepare me for a range of careers working with children and young people. Completing my degree put me in a position where there were many different routes that suited my desired personal and professional ambitions.

“Since graduating in the summer of 2019, I completed a one-year Schools Direct PGCE programme to become a qualified primary school teacher. From that, I was offered a job at my placement school and have almost completed my first year as a newly qualified teacher.

“I absolutely love life as a teacher! I still don’t feel old enough to have an adult career but I am having so much fun. I am teaching such a lovely group of Year 3 pupils in a very deprived area – it is a lot of work but so rewarding!”

Alicia is now a fully qualified Primary School Teacher.

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The skills and experience you gain during your education degree prepares you for a range of careers working with children and young people.