More about Laura
"The course particularly appealed to me as it had a brilliant reputation but also the job prospects were key in my choice as Nottingham Trent University had one of the highest job graduation rate. A strength of the course is the extra opportunities given compared with other universities offering the same course. The course provides you with the academic knowledge and pedagogical (study of becoming a teacher) approaches needed to become a teacher. In addition, each year you have a five week block placement and serial days through which you gradually teach more as you progress and carry out school based tasks which put the academic studying into practice making it all seem worthwhile.
"To help with study we have an area called school base where you can borrow equipment to use in schools, for example laptops, voice recorders and cameras. The academic staff are amazingly supportive. They don't only direct you through seminars, you can contact them anytime by email, or go and see them at their offices.
"The amount of opportunities available for students to get involved in through the University is immense. I have been on numerous volunteer and paid placements, giving me the opportunity to constantly update my CV. All of the students have a real positive attitude towards learning creating a real buzz in the atmosphere on campus.
"My greatest achievement has been the opportunity to influence change in children’s lives through education and Nottingham Trent University has been the key to unlocking this opportunity. I feel the main skill I have developed, apart from teaching, is confidence. To be a teacher you can't have any inhibitions, and need to be ready to get out there and make learning creative and fun. It is a very daunting prospect to begin with when you have 30 little faces all staring at you, but looking back now I wouldn't have believed I would be feeling so confident in front of a class. I am now starting to feel ready and prepared to teach. In the future I definitely want to go into Primary Teaching, eventually settling in Special Educational Needs Teaching."