Natalie Galloway (MSc Learning and Teaching)

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

Before coming to study for the MSc in Teaching and Learning I was completing my NQT year at a secondary school in Bristol, where I am still working full-time. Before that I completed my PGCE at Oxford. Before going into teaching I was a teaching assistant for students with language difficulties. I have a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Bath.

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

The staff are friendly and approachable and always willing to help you. There is a great support structure through the online community where you can converse and share ideas with other members of the course. The tutors are well aware of the demands of teaching and the course has been well structured so that major assignments are due in after the school holidays. Great feedback is provided for all tasks submitted online from both tutors and fellow students.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

The department of education has an excellent reputation for delivering courses relevant to practising teachers. There is a good balance between contact time at the university through seminars and workshops and work that has to be submitted online. The chance to explore topics of interest to me as a beginning teacher through small tasks and a research project was appealing as it meant that I would not only be developing my research skills but my pedagogical skills as well.

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

They would need to be organised and good with time management so that they can experience all that Oxford has to offer. An open and enquiring mind coupled with a commitment to improving their knowledge about the education process would ensure that they got the most out of their programme of study.

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

To continue to develop my teaching skills in the hopes of becoming and Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), or to someday move into management positions at a school.

Page last modified: March 8, 2014

Programme of study

MSc Learning & Teaching