Judy Ward (MSc Learning and Teaching)(video)

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Tell us something about what you were doing before you came to Oxford

I have been a secondary school teacher for 12 years, I currently teach Religious education, History, Sociology and a little citizenship.
Originally my degree was in Philosophy at Hull university 1989- 1992

What do you like most about studying in the Department of Education ?

My course allows me to study purely from home if I want to, I can access all my readings, tutors and information via Web learn, I attend four intensive but inspiring weekend seminars a year. With a full time job and two small children this has been vital in allowing me to access further education.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

I have been a mentor with the Department of Education for several years; this in part initiated my desire to develop my own teaching and learning strategies further. I was encouraged to do so by the RE Department at OUDE , I felt supported and treated as an equal both as a professional and an academic, which encouraged me to apply. As a teacher I have a love of learning and idealistically would like to be the best possible teacher I can be, I felt that this course would give me the opportunity to do just that.

What qualities do you think an Education student at Oxford needs to have in order to be successful?

A dedication to education is paramount, openness to new ideas and teaching strategies and a willingness to experiment. The ability to work with others of all ages. Organisation is key and to successfully manage challenging workloads.

We hope that you would recommend the Department of Education as a place to come and study. What reasons would you give for this?

Since starting my three year course in September 2009, I have felt supported, encouraged and treated as an equal, but most importantly I feel that my educational strategies have developed immensely and I am more motivated as a teacher than I have been for a long time. As a teacher I feel my students are beginning to receive a better education, which I hope will continue to improve as the course continues. As a parent I have a better awareness of how my children learn and what I can do to allow them to make the best of their education.

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

I would simply like to be the best teacher I can be. If possible I would take my studies to the next level.

If I knew before I started the course what I know now, I would….

Certainly have begun the course much earlier in my teaching career!

Please add anything else you would like to say

For my course I have only attended a few weekends at OUDE, however I feel that in that time, what I have actually learnt and the support I have received has been fantastic. If I needed further support or guidance I would have no doubt it would be available to me.

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Programme of study


MSc Learning & Teaching