Why choose YSJ and Primary Education?

As our students all return from their Easter holidays, the third years have finished they final placement and are about to submit their research projects. The second years are still on placement – finishing next week and the first years are about to start their final placement! As you can see Primary Education students are always busy!

After asking the tutors about ‘What should no teacher be without‘ we thought we should ask the first years, why they chose YSJ and/or the Primary Education programme. Hopefully their replies will help you want to come and join us here at YSJ. More to follow in later posts!

“A beautiful campus with the opportunity to discover who you are as a teacher and how to further develop and nurture your teacher identity.”

“When asking around it was always known as a very good teacher training course and top recommended. YSJ is in distance to main city centre and not far from home.”

“After my interview for YSJ, I knew I wanted to attend here. The whole process was full of people who knew and cared about primary education and were eager to share that knowledge and enthusiasm with you. I particularly loved how quickly you started to go into schools.”

“I chose to do Primary Ed at YSJ because it has been training teachers for many many years and has a very good reputation. The university is small, meaning the tutors know you personally and are able to give you the time to properly support you, whether it with assignments or issues on placement.”

“I chose YSJ because the campus was friendly and not too big. The accommodation was lovely and the close proximity to the town centre was handy. I chose the Primary Ed course as I could choose the 3-7 route which would mean I could avoid those scary Year sixes on placements and also get to spend time with the little ones in nurseries which I couldn’t do, on other courses which were 5-11 only.”

“I chose to study Primary Ed at YSJ because I loved how they promoted how interactive the course was. They promoted the idea that sessions were like being back in the primary classroom and whilst applying to be a trainee teacher I thought that was the best way to learn. The university location and design of the campus also helped me with my choice. I loved mix of the old buildings and new buildings, and its right in the city centre which makes everything more accessible.”

Ian Wilson

Currently working in higher education as a senior lecturer teaching primary mathematics, science and computing on the initial teacher education (ITE) programmes. I have a keen interest in e-pedagogy especially how technology and social media can be used to support teaching and learning.

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