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Alex Ford

Alex Ford

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Childhood and Education

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Biography

​Throughout November 2015 we've been celebrating our PGCE Secondary and MA Education graduates and sharing their success stories. We recently caught up with 2015 MA Education graduate Alex Ford who will be returning to Leeds Trinity in January 2016 in his newly appointed role as a Senior Lecturer in ICE, teaching on the PGCE programme.  It was lovely to hear that this was the role he had always aspired to.

What were you doing before you started the MA Education?

In 2011 I started working at Harrogate Grammar School where I was a Head of Department, I then went on to be a Head of Department at Guiseley School until 2015.  

Why did you choose to attend Leeds Trinity?

I knew that the Schools History Project was located at Leeds Trinity and about the great reputation the institution had for training teachers. It was also close to where I lived, so it had everything really.

What were your highlights from your time at Leeds Trinity?

What really stood out for me was the support I received from the staff, particularly that from Claire Smith and Mandy Fullford. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the opportunity to look at education from an academic perspective.

What would be your dream role as a Teacher?

The one I've recently accepted at Leeds Trinity as a Senior Lecturer on the PGCE Programme! This is the big career shift for me, one that I've always aspired to. I'm really excited to have the opportunity to influence Teachers in the classroom. 

How does it feel to be returning as a Senior Lecturer after graduating from the MA Education?

It feels really good, although it's nerve racking I'm really excited!  I'm thrilled to be in the ICE department and be a part of the incredible work that goes on. As a student I benefitted from very high levels of support and flexibility from the staff. I received excellent tutorial support and I always appreciated that the staff were always available and willing to assist me. Th​​is is something I will replicate as a Lecturer to benefit the next generation of students.
 

Each year many newly qualified Teachers graduate from Leeds Trinity, what advice would you give them as they embark on new careers?

  • Make sure you have a good work-life balance  and learn when you need to slow down
  • Be organised in everything you do and plan your time carefully
  • Make sure you are thorough with all your documentation