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    University of Reading was the one for me

Alice Holloway



Alice completed her BA Primary Education with Mathematics (QTS) here at the University of Reading.

She had heard the University of Reading had a strong reputation for education and loved that there was a mathematics specialism available.

"University of Reading was the one for me. I came for the interview, liked the campus and the people and didn't want to go anywhere else. I was prepared to turn everything else down."

Alice continued:

"I love maths and think its key that it's taught properly to the next generation. I also think that you don't have to love it to teach it well, given the proper training."

As part of her course Alice went on school placements. One thing that Alice will never forget from her placements is the idea of slowing down, taking stock and having more realistic expectations as a result. She has now applied this to all aspects of her life. She also discovered the age groups she enjoyed working with the most. "I love the stories these kids come out with. They are absolutely hilarious!"

 In terms of lectures, Alice was particularly interested in International Maths.

"Coming from Ireland I was fascinated by the different ways maths is taught around the world, as well as the different grades. Learning the English curriculum was very interesting too and I wanted to continue to teach abroad after my degree."

She continued:

"Through the course I was able to progress my knowledge of maths, for example learning about how to write mathematics policy which is particularly useful given I want to be a math's Year Head. I also loved maths though stories in the classroom. Teaching maths via literature is something I really want to take forward."

Alice loved how intimate the maths class groups were, everyone was close and could bounce off each other in a safe space. They supported each other even when on placement at different schools. There was nobody on the course she felt she couldn't have walked up to and talked to.

Alice plans to teach abroad for the next few years and ultimately wants to become a head teacher.
She was offered a job at The British School of Kuwait (BSK) straight after her final placement.

"When I was told the head of school was visiting the university I booked onto the talk straight away. Now I can't believe I'm off to Kuwait and am ready for the challenge and to experience a new culture."

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