Matthew Bennett (MSc Learning and Teaching)

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

I graduated in 2000 from Exeter University having studied for a BSc (Ed.) for four years. From there, I took up the position of Biology teacher at Denstone College and at this school I have progressed, becoming Head of Biology and then Head of Middle School, running a boarding house and Years 10 and 11.

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

Being a part-time student, there was always the concern that you would feel left out from the main university, or that you would feel detached. The Department has made every effort to ensure this does not happen and has made us all feel very welcome. The staff are approachable and easily contactable when away from Oxford.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

The structure of the course means that you can study things that are relevant to you and your job. Each of the assignments can be specifically tailored to your particular classes and job situation. As well as this, there is a good balance of work and lectures at Oxford and enough online support and access to the literature so that you always have plenty to support the work.

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

You need to be well organised with an ability to plan far ahead. Some of the assignments mean data collection and research and this may have to be written in to schemes of work. You also need an opinion and a desire to discuss educational issues.

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

The staff have all been friendly and supportive, often going out of their way to help. The Department is well resourced and organised and they make the most of the weekend visitations by the students. The handbook has been informative and extremely useful and the course, as a result, well structured and weighted.

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

I have been appointed Head of Biology at Bristol Grammar School from September 2010 and I will be hoping to progress to a Deputy Headship from there.

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

Read the entire handbook and structure your year ahead of time, knowing when the large workloads will be so that you can be sure to manage your time effectively.

Page last modified: March 8, 2014

Programme of study


MSc - Learning & Teaching