"Take every opportunity that comes your way, and if they’re not coming your way, find them – they exist! "
I have a lot to thank Manchester Metropolitan University for, as they recognised my international teaching experience and helped me get my work recognised in local newspapers. Through studying at Manchester Metropolitan University, I studied and taught in Hong Kong SAR and had experience teaching in France. Most importantly, I was taught to put my passion for teaching into practice.
I particularly enjoyed topics relating to teaching English as an additional language (EAL). Manchester is one of the most diverse cities and therefore there are so many children who are learning in our schools with English as their second language. Now that I am teaching in the Middle East, 90-100% of my children speak English as an additional language.
My first job after graduating was teaching a Year 6 class at a school in the Middle East. After two years of being a Year 6 teacher, I was promoted to being the Key Stage 2 Coordinator. My role is to coordinate and evaluate teaching and learning within Key Stage 2 and to liaise with other members of the Leadership team to ensure continuity and progression throughout the curriculum.
Take every opportunity that comes your way, and if they’re not coming your way, find them – they exist! You need to build up your CV and make sure you stand out. I think once you leave University, you have to remember that you will forever be a learner.
Because of Manchester Metropolitan University I now change lives for the better.