Megan Barnes is currently in her second year at the University of Reading, studying BA Education Studies. After exploring a range of different childcare routes from nannying to Teaching Assistant, Megan decided she wanted to come back to her studies.
" I'm so glad I decided to return as a mature student. Of course it was daunting going back into education after six years of working. It took a while for me to adjust to writing essays. Having said that, the support of my academic tutor was always reassuring. This alongside feedback from lecture discussions, essay writing and submission feedback was invaluable to developing my confidence and signaling I was doing well."
The BA Education Studies offers students the opportunity to learn about education in its broader context. This has helped inform the direction Megan wants to pursue in the future.
" The lecturers are fantastic at opening your mindset into different options and opinions. The degree offers a spectrum of opportunities for people who want to work in the education sector, not solely on the trajectory of classroom teaching."
When speaking of her stand out module Megan said:
"My favourite module so far has been inclusion. We had a range of specialised lecturers who came in to share their knowledge with us. For example, we had a visitor who was deaf and blind share her life experiences with us. This first-hand knowledge and personal view is so key to understanding other perspectives."
During the first year, Megan also visited two different educational settings. Firstly, a charity that educates people about children who live in Zimbabwe and their educational journey, secondly a primary school in the centre of Reading.
"These were two very different settings but both link to education. These placements solidified my choice of wanting to become a primary teacher so I will be onto my PGCE after this course."