Student Profiles

School of Teacher Education and Professional Development

Tom Ibbott

“Right from when I was in primary school, I thought that I wanted to be a primary school teacher.”
About My Course

Right from when I was in primary school, I thought that I wanted to be a primary school teacher. And, after gaining experience with children in places like Scouts and football coaching I was sure this was the next step for me after leaving school.

Before I started university, I knew Manchester was a big student city so it was already on my radar. When I came to an Open Day at Manchester Met, the whole experience just confirmed my decision to apply to this University. The amazing facilities I saw, the accommodation, hearing about the course from tutors and the student life here, made me feel excited and welcome - I knew it was the place for me.

The tutors recognise that placements are a huge part of the course and preparing you for being a teacher. They make sure that our lectures and seminars focus on how to implement our learning in a classroom. The tutors are brilliant at making sure our sessions in Uni are engaging and fun as well as informative and useful. I think it helps that all of the tutors are former educational practitioners, so they know what it’s really like and can pass on their expertise from years of experience in their career.

The placement workload can be quite a challenge at times, no day is the same and tasks or problems to be solved can pop up alongside teaching, marking and planning. But, at the end of the day, this kind of thing is great preparation for our future as teachers and it definitely isn’t boring. The truth is that it won’t always be easy and there will be times when we face tough challenges in the classroom.

So far, I’ve been based in two schools, one in Eccles, which was about 45 minutes total travel time, and another in Gorton, which is just over half an hour. The placement team try to make sure that all the students on the course get to experience a variety of schools and in all three primary age phases.

It’s been an absolutely amazing experience. It’s the little achievements for the children that really stand out and makes me proud of them and proud to be their teacher. Seeing a child, who has struggled with the same spelling for weeks and weeks, finally get the hang of it and be proud of their achievement because of your help, is just an indescribable joy that does not come with any other career in the world!