I am 24 years old and I’m from The Netherlands. I got my degree in Primary Education so I’m officially a teacher and I have a specialisation in working with young children. Early years - that’s what I love to do. My interest was really special and inclusive education so behavioural difficulties, emotional difficulties and attachment. So that made me look on the websites to where I want to go. I had an opportunity to get a scholarship from The Netherlands so I was looking on different websites on London and Bristol and in the end I chose Bristol because I have been here before to look how the city is and compared to London this is more peaceful and I had this feeling I could function more here as a student. Plus the diversity is so great like different kinds of students, different kinds of cultures and the stories that you hear from hear from different kinds of countries makes me find it very interesting. Plus the subjects, the units which I have are so interesting. You can give your own direction to the things that you want to do. For example, assignments, I can focus on my own expertise or my own interest within the units.
I want to get back into teaching for a few years to get more experience, because I graduated in January 2012. I have only six months of 'real' experience after graduating. Maybe in early years, Key Stage 1 or special education for a couple of years and then I want to do something with my master degree, because everyone asks for experience nowadays. For example, I want to become an Inclusion Manager or work for the local authority to advise schools or parents how to implement inclusion, or how to do it effectively, or do more research into that.
So it’s definitely beneficial for me and especially in The Netherlands because we don’t have this course. Inclusion, it’s not really something new but the focus is not good enough on inclusion so for teachers it is more that: ‘oh I don’t want that because I don’t know how to do it, I don’t know how to implement it’. This course really gave me this background and opportunity to read more and learn more about it and discuss things which concern me with the tutors.
It makes me really think about why am I acting as a teacher as I act. What is the theory behind it? And it is really interesting because in my previous study we didn’t really have a focus on that. I really feel comfortable here. Sometimes you get students, not specifically from this University, that say ‘oh, I wont contact my tutor, I wont contact this person because I know I wont get a good reply back’. But I have never had this feeling - the people are so open and warm here so I feel really part of the school and that is what I really like.