Flora Corbett

Primary Teacher Education, 2015

Flora Corbett

Everything on the primary teaching course is taken seriously and your commitment to the course is extremely valued. That being said, the extra opportunities from the course have provided me with a skill set that stands me in good stead for becoming an employable teacher

Following her lifelong ambition to be a primary school teacher, Flora completed her A-Levels and then came to study Primary Teacher Education at Oxford Brookes.

For me, I have never wanted my career path to lead me anywhere else other than primary school teaching, so I knew I was going to study it at university. I felt it was really important to choose a course that was going to focus on several aspects of teacher training. I looked around several universities, but the primary teaching course at Oxford Brookes stood out as being the one which offered the most versatility in terms of subject content as well as placement opportunities.

From dancing in museums to jumping from high adrenaline swings at activity centres, the course really does give its students the chance to flourish into outgoing individuals. Rather than just focusing on subject knowledge, the many opportunities that the primary teacher training at Oxford Brookes offers have developed me into a well-rounded individual and ambitious teacher. At times, these opportunities place me outside of my comfort zone – but it is these experiences that further develop my confidence as an individual.

Although the centre of Oxford appears to be much like any other shopping city, there is so much more to see. The side streets of Oxford are really where the city comes to life. Oxford has so much to offer. From quirky cafes to walks around beautiful parks, there are truly lovely places to explore. Oxford is a fantastically diverse place; I have met people from many different walks of life and from whom I have learnt so much.

Oxford also offers ample opportunity for volunteering. I am a tutor, giving private lessons to primary school children, and have been throughout most of my time at university. Tutoring has been a great way to explore parts of Oxford I never would have experienced otherwise, as well as meeting lots of great people who are interested in similar things to me.

Everything on the primary teaching course is taken seriously and your commitment to the course is extremely valued. That being said, the extra opportunities from the course have provided me with a skill set that stands me in good stead for becoming an employable teacher. The commitment required from the course has helped towards those time-management skills and dedication that employers are so often looking for. Being in different groups throughout the course has also helped interpersonal skills and how to co-operate effectively with different groups of people.

My journey at Oxford Brookes has been greatly supported by Jean Clark, a truly inspirational lecturer and lady. She is not only passionate about what she teaches but is also so dedicated to her students. It is through passionate leaders that passionate student teachers are created. Jean values everything that you have to say as well as making time for you whenever it is needed.

Like Jean, I hope to become an inspirational teacher and leader in the future. I would enjoy working within the behavioural and pastoral support sector of education. Oxford Brookes has provided me with opportunities to work in special schools that cater for children with specific needs as well as completing long term placements in a wide variety of settings. I feel extremely prepared for my teaching career thanks to the opportunities that Brookes has provided me with.