More about Peter
"I became interested in being a teacher at a young age. This started with me assisting with children's swimming lessons when I was about fifteen years old. This experience helped me realise that I had a passion for educating future generations and highlighted the role I could have in this process. I believed that the Primary Education course would provide me with an excellent grounding to become an engaging and knowledgeable primary teacher.
"I found Nottingham Trent University to be a highly supportive and friendly working environment and the relationships I established with both fellow students and lecturers has meant a strong, on-going support network. Having such a wide range of educational experiences and high level of subject knowledge for teaching has meant that I started my career confidently.
"Since graduation I have taken up a full-time post as a Year 4 teacher at local primary school. Having previously worked at the school during my final teaching practice, I was asked to cover a period of maternity for the summer term, however within the first two weeks of working at the school I was offered a permanent contract. During this time I have helped co-ordinate Science with a fellow Nottingham Trent University NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) and have also been involved with after-school sport across the city of Nottingham.
"Currently I teach a multi-ethnic Year 4 class in all areas of the curriculum. A typical day as a teacher involves much more than the 9 till 3 myth. It includes marking, planning, preparation and assessment as well as running after school events and productions. The positive relationships I have developed with all twenty six children in my class are a particular highlight.
"My advice would be to build relationships with the diverse range of people you will meet during the course as these links will prove invaluable in later life. Additionally when any opportunities arise to take part in wider experiences which enhance learning, make sure that you are part of these. Working so closely with fellow students and university staff has meant that I was happy to ask for advice and further to this, recommend how to shape the course for years to come. Having such easy access to resources has meant I deeply enjoyed coming into the University and equally meant I was willing to become involved with all aspects of university life."