Trainee teacher Kelly is top of the Cardiff Met class
With not one but two education qualifications from Cardiff
Metropolitan University under her belt, Kelly Turner will have no
trouble getting an opportunity to put the theories she’s studied into
practice as a teacher.
Kelly had heard great things from Cardiff Met students and alumni,
and was immediately impressed with the Cyncoed campus’ cutting-edge
facilities and convenient location when she made the trip down from the
Kelly said: “I really liked the look of the course
at Cardiff Met because there is a good balance between the English and
Education disciplines, which I think equips students for a broad range
of career paths and has helped me consider all my options.
“The employability module and assignments like making lesson plans
and preparing spoken presentations have proved so helpful - it made me
feel more confident about job interviews and going into the classroom.”
Alongside developing her interest in education, Kelly discovered a
particular passion for early childhood studies and enjoyed extra insight
into the education sector through voluntary courses such as
Introduction to Forest Schools.
Kelly commented: “I had set my heart on a career in the education
sector, and teaching was always an option for me, but I felt that
studying education from a broader perspective would enable me to explore
my options more.
“The Educational Studies
course at Cardiff Met is very flexible and allows students to go on to
do further training, third sector work or follow academic routes; my
degree encouraged me to question how the education system works and what
my role within it could be.”
As well as completing traditional academic assessments, Kelly took on
vocational projects such as placements at Meadowlane Primary School,
Ysgol Gymraeg Trelyn and Ysgol Gymraeg Cwm Derwen, to hone skills that will be vital in her teaching career.
Speaking about her teaching placements, Kelly said:
“I relished the chance to work with schools in my own Valleys area; the
opportunities I’ve had at Cardiff Met have given me a new perspective on
working in education, and helped me to develop a really broad skill
base which will set me in good stead for my teaching career.”
Having graduated first-class in 2013, Kelly is now studying for a
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Cardiff Met in order to
become a primary school teacher.
She said: “I really enjoyed my undergraduate degree, particularly the
teaching placements, so when Chantelle Haughton suggested I apply to
study a PGCE I jumped at the chance.
“It’s just what I needed before stepping into the classroom and I’m
thoroughly enjoying it! I’m not afraid to say that a PGCE is tough, but
the university tutors and school mentors are highly supportive.
“It’s great to see all the theoretical perspectives I’ve studied for
the last three years finally being used in a real school setting, and
the rewards you reap whilst on placement make all the hard work
completely worth it.”
Under the spotlight:
2007 AS Levels in Chemistry, Biology, Art and ICT at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni
2008 A Levels in Biology, Art and ICT at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni
2010 Came to Cardiff Met to study BA (Hons) Educational Studies & Early Childhood Studies
2011-12 Placements at Meadowlane Primary School, Ysgol Gymraeg Trelyn and Ysgol
Gymraeg Cwm Derwen
2013 Completed BA and started Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary
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