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Katherine Kelly

Alumni Profile: Katherine Kelly - BA EducationKatherine KellyKey Stage 2 Class Teacher

BA Primary Education, 2012

What made you choose Middlesex University?

I chose to study Primary Education at Middlesex University as I had worked alongside trainee teachers from Middlesex and I had been exceptionally impressed with the calibre of trainee teacher. I was really impressed with the structure of the course and the amount of contact time.

What attracted you to your course and made you apply?

I was attracted to the amount of time spent on placement as other courses were more theory based. I was also impressed with the number of graduates who had been employed by the end of their course - the percentage was high.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

I really enjoyed the relationships we had with our lecturers and I personally credit the interest that the lecturers took in ensuring that we graduated as successful teachers as a contributing factor to the success of the cohort.

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

Being nominated as student speaker on behalf of the Education faculty at Graduation was definitely my fondest moment! It was a week before I got married so graduating with a First Class Honours and preparing for my wedding was a fabulous feeling! During the course, my favourite moments would have to be dropping in to talk to lecturers and getting a free tea or two on the way.

What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?

Sign up. Don't hesitate!

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you to get where you are professionally today?

I have just completed my NQT year and have achieved an 'Outstanding' for my final grade! I am the first at my school to have done this to date.

Why did you choose the career you studied for?

I had previously been a Teaching Assistant and I realised that I was ready for more responsibility in the classroom. I had been covering French classes and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

What are the pros and cons of working within your professional field?

The biggest pro is seeing the children progress academically, personally and socially. It is the most wonderful experience knowing that you have helped a child to master a new skill which they will be able to use for the rest of their life. I also love the unpredictability of the job – every day is very different and the children can take a lesson you have planned in a completely different direction.

The cons are planning, marking, assessment and changes to Government policies.

How did you get your foot on the career ladder post university?

At an employment fair hosted by Middlesex University, I met a Teacher Recruitment Officer who offered me a place in their teaching pool. Before the pools opened, I was given my choice of school to apply for and after the interview I was offered a job immediately.

What has been your defining career break or highlight to date?

Achieving three 'Outstanding' observations in my NQT year and overall an 'Outstanding' grade.

What does the future hold for you?

Next September, I am moving back to London with my husband so will be moving schools and I am going to be leading two subjects in my new teaching job.

What are the top three career tips you would give to current students and recent graduates?

Ask for help if you need it – there will always be someone willing to read through an application for you or to point you in the right direction.

Make sure you take advantage of the connections that the university has with employers and use these relationships to create opportunities. For example, by attending fairs – it worked for me.

Lastly, believe in yourself.

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