Cover Supervisor and PGCE School Direct, Alwoodley Primary School
Could you briefly explain your working day?
After graduating, I worked in a primary school supporting Year 6 children and covering for staff absence. I spent time in the classroom for the core subjects – numeracy, literacy and science. I worked on a one-to-one basis and with groups who are struggling to achieve personal targets. I ran a SEAL group, supporting pupils' social and emotional development to help them integrate, socialise and communicate effectively with others.
How were your work placements?My first placement was working in a care home for the elderly with dementia. I really enjoyed this as I was able to observe a lot of the behaviours that we had looked at in lectures. I worked with a multi-disciplinary team and got real insight into the care that people with dementia receive. My second placement was working with Dr James Jackson at Leeds Trinity as a Research Assistant. This gave me insight into the process of publishing research and experience of literature reviewing, which helped with my final year project.
Were you involved in any extra-curricular activities?Whilst studying, I worked as a Support Worker for people with acquired brain injuries. This position helped me consolidate all the learning that I had done in lectures with practical hands on experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
What did you enjoy most about being a student at Leeds Trinity?I enjoyed the degree course immensely and really gave the work my all. I enjoyed student life and meeting new people. As a mature student who hadn't studied since GCSE level, I was nervous about what to expect and whether I would be capable of completing a degree and fitting into student life. I didn't need to worry as I made plenty of friends and the Psychology department couldn't have been more supportive and approachable. I very much miss university.