Sarah is studying the MA Education
whilst working as Head of Inclusion at Ralph Allen School,
What are the benefits of studying at
Analysing and reviewing the systems within
which I work in terms of context: local and government policy and
school strategy in action, influencing the way in which
What do you like best about your
I like the way in which the course empowers
professionals to feel that they can evaluate their professional
practice. The course is well designed in the way the student is
acknowledged by the allocation of MA points for work achieved
already in a professional setting. Research methodologies are
studied and discussed using specialists with particular passions
and experiences. The tutoring was excellent: encouraging, thought
provoking, creative and supportive.
What aspect of the course
did you find the most useful in your professional
The course enabled me to appreciate the way
in which research can propose positive change through scrutiny and
analysis, listening to those experiencing the reality of an
Has studying for an MA enabled you
to improve pupils’ learning experiences? If so how?
I feel that I have improved the way in which
I analyse student experiences. I believe I have improved the way in
which I can engage with students learning by allowing them the
opportunity to reveal themselves to me via discussion groups and
interview. I think that I am more aware of the way in which
students deal with the imposition of adult intervention. I feel
more confident about encouraging students to share their ideas
about their learning experiences and believe that this has had a
positive impact on my overall understanding of student learning and
Has studying at MA level had
an impact on your work
I believe I have gained more confidence in
discussing my professional work with other professionals including
senior managers in a way that addresses whole school need.
In what other ways, do you think you
benefited from your study?
I feel more impassioned about my vocation
and now have a desire to either write or become more involved in
Do you think it will help your
Yes, I believe so in the way that I outline
above, and as a pre-requisite to completing an NPQH, which my Head
Teacher has now invited me to apply for.
Why did you choose to study at UWE,
UWE offered me the course that I was
interested in. I had an excellent advisor. The course was designed
in a way that seemed to me to be do-able at the same time as my
full-time teaching work.