Kelly Turner

Kelly Turner - BA in Educational Studies


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 Rhymney Valley.

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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