Jo - BA(Hons) Primary ITE

Jo is making the most of the advice and support on offer and working hard to become a good teacher, but she's having fun at the same time.

Why did you choose to study at UWE Bristol?

The Open Day did influence my decision. Everyone was so warm and welcoming, and I was amazed at the resources and rooms we were given to use to aid our studying. As I live in Bristol already, I didn’t really want to stay here as I wanted to explore another city, however I couldn’t resist the course as it was better than any of the others I’d seen, and so decided to choose the course over the location; the right choice I still believe!

What do you like best about your course?

Having a placement partner was a fantastic opportunity, one that no other university (I believe) offered. Having a placement partner beside me gave me the confidence that I needed when faced with my first ever class! We could bounce ideas off of each other, share our nerves, boost each other’s confidences, laugh at our mistakes and help each other when teaching and planning. It was brilliant fun, made the scary task of first teaching easier and best of all I got a great friend out of it!

In what ways have the course tutors been helpful and supportive?

My tutor is excellent both as a teacher and supporter. He is there for all of us, patient, funny and resourceful. Pretty much all the lecturers on our course have had experience as a teacher, and so we can use their ideas, accounts of horrifying stories and how they got over them and genuine enthusiasm to help enrich our own teaching. Many things you wouldn’t think to do or need at school, which you are fortunately told about before you go on placement, come up often!

Do you find it easy to fit a part-time job in with your academic work?

I did not work during my first year. However through JobShop I acquired a summer job this year working as a playworker with children at a summer camp, great fun! This then led me on to the job I currently hold as a playworker at an afterschool. 

What has been your experience of UWE's clubs and societies?

I did not join a society in my first year and I wish I had! It’s a chance to meet new people and try something new, as well as getting active and fit! This year I have joined volleyball and trampolining, and it is so much fun and I am meeting so many new people of all ages, cultures and ethnicity. The socials are a chance to let your hair down and you aren’t forced to do anything you don’t want to (eg. be on the first team).


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