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Jennifer Blundell – University of Reading

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    Teacher and artist

Jennifer Blundell

Jennifer was keen on teaching at primary school level. She decided to come to University of Reading because of the BA Primary Education with Art (QTS) specialism.

"Not many universities offer an art specialism and I could clearly see University of Reading cared about their students.I love art and didn't want to give it up but I also wanted to teach. This course gave me the opportunity to perfect two sets of skills."

Jennifer also found that the course exposed her to art techniques she'd never thought to explore before.

"I came in thinking I was one type of artist, a sculptor and I came out another - a painter. It was so easy to experiment with new techniques as the university provided good resources and studio spaces."

jannybShe continued: "The campus itself was stunning too. It was nice having the calm of London Road Campus for studying and doing studio work and then going up to Whiteknights Campus for socials."

Jenifer found that the course was a nice mix of practical sessions, where she could focus on her art, and academic sessions where she focused on her essays and theory. This was all complimented by a variety of placements.

"I had a mix of smaller and bigger school placements. My second placement was at the biggest primary school in the UK which I definitely think helped me get a job at the end of my third year. It was the first and only interview I went to before I was offered a great post which was amazing."

 

 In terms of the cohort and the staff Jennifer said:

 

"Having a small cohort means you know everyone which is great as you do a lot of group projects. You have placement buddies and build relationships with a wide variety of people on the course. You get excellent support from staff who know you personally too."

Jennifer's dissertation focused on teacher's attitudes towards teaching art.

"I want to be an art coordinator so knowing what worries teachers about teaching art will be vital to this. I found that a lot of teachers were scared of teaching art if they couldn't draw but actually you can teach and teach very well without having to draw yourself. There are so many different art techniques around, it's about encouraging the pupils to tap into their creativity and discover their own abilities."

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In the future Jennifer would like to be a head teacher and has the following advice for prospective BA Primary Education candidates attending their university interview. "Just relax and be yourself, I was really nervous for my interview but it turned out to be a really fun day."

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