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I’m Jo and I have been a primary school teacher for over 20 years. I have had lots of different roles over my time as a teacher such as subject leader, family learning support lead, mental health and well-being lead and at present I am Curriculum Leader.  My teaching has mainly been in early years and key stage one and I have taught from nursery age right through to year two as well as spending a year doing intervention and support teaching with individual children right up to year six.

A few years ago, I started the part-time MA Early Childhood at the University of Chester.  I had been thinking for a while that I would like to explore other career opportunities outside of primary school teaching, possibly by moving into Initial Teacher Education where I could share my knowledge and skills with the teachers of the future, and the MA Early Childhood seemed like a great way to further my professional knowledge. I also wanted to do something just for me!  My children are growing up now and I wanted to do something for myself, to expand my brain in a different way!

Starting the MA Early Childhood was just the challenge I was looking for. I hadn’t studied any higher-level qualifications since my degree over 20 years ago and I was worried about adapting back into study. However, the tutors were all so supportive and helpful and it didn’t take long to get back into the swing of studying. The part-time MA Early Childhood fitted well into my busy work and family life as all of the teaching is covered in six Saturday schools each year and in between you can explore your own specific interests through reading and research.  I have found the lectures really helpful and very stimulating and I have met some amazing people, making some great friends with others on the course.

I have really enjoyed the whole MA Early Childhood experience, but the one module that has really stuck in my head was a module called ‘Technology and Childhood’.  I had never been a great fan of technology, but this module gave me a different perspective and as I was reading and researching, I found so much evidence to show how beneficial technology could be for learning, memory, building resilience and problem solving and this was something that I was absolutely not expecting to find, so this module really challenged my thinking.

I am now at the final stage of my MA, completing my own research project, and this has given me the opportunity to really explore in-depth a topic that is very important to me. The MA Early Childhood has been a wonderful experience for me, and I would recommend it to anyone; it is a fantastic challenge, the University of Chester is a wonderful place to study, the course is very stimulating and the reading and research you get to do will really develop your professional knowledge.  The lecturers are all so supportive so if you’re thinking of doing a Master’s degree, I would say ‘go for it’, you won’t regret it!

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