"I looked into the routes available to me and found that I could complete an Access course and then apply for the Bachelor of Education (Hons) at The University of Derby. The BEd has completely changed my life. I am confident that with the knowledge and experience I have gained, alongside my enthusiastic nature, I will be ready to enter the classroom to make a difference to the pupils that I teach."
What inspired Farhana to become a teacher?
I got married young and had my children in my early twenties. Whilst they were of primary age, I worked in schools in a number of different roles. My colleagues had often said that I should consider becoming a teacher, as I had a good connection with pupils and my enthusiasm was perfect for motivating them to learn. I liked the idea but then would quickly dismiss it as unrealistic. I had been privileged enough to work with some great teachers (a number of them BEd graduates from Derby) and felt that this was the direction I wanted to take.
What route did Farhana take into teaching?
I looked into the routes available to me and found that I could complete an Access course and then apply for the Bachelor of Education (Hons) at The University of Derby. Throughout the Access course my academic confidence grew and I was overjoyed at being accepted onto the BEd.
What difficulties/ challenges did Farhana face?
Then reality started to sink in and I began to have doubts: me, a teacher? At the age of 35, could I really study at university level and cope with looking after my family? But I was lucky. My wonderful husband, children, friends and colleagues made me see that this was achievable and I have not regretted it since!
What is Farhana's view on her experience's at the University?
The course has been an absolutely amazing experience. Any worries I had about being a mature student faded as I was valued for all my experiences. The members of staff are friendly yet professional and it is evident that they believe in their students. University sessions have given me the theoretical knowledge to support my practice in the classroom. School placements have allowed me to develop my teaching to meet the needs of all learners. Both together have helped me to identify my own philosophy of teaching and reconfirm that this is the profession for me.
Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I am less than a year away from becoming a qualified teacher. These last few years have flown by. It has been challenging, but equally rewarding - if not more.