School of Education student profiles

Kate Calnan

Kate graduated with a Masters in Education in 2011

I am Head of music at Chipping Norton School and decided to complete a part time Masters as it was a fantastic opportunity to gain a masters qualification whilst still working. The flexibility of the course made it very attractive as the lectures and seminars were delivered at Chipping Norton School. It also gave me the opportunity to complete the course with other colleagues from my school at the same time.

I was particularly attracted to study at Oxford Brookes as I studied my music PGCE at Brookes, have always trained interns from Oxford Brookes and so have a close link with the University. Most importantly though it was the location of the course being held at Chipping Norton School that attracted me to the course.

I liked the course because it was flexible and convenient. It was really nice to complete the course with other teachers from chipping Norton School as we could discuss problems, deadlines, etc.

The main skills that I gained while studying the course were:

  1. Time management – it was vital that I managed my time effectively in order to complete the course
  2. I developed relationships with my colleagues and with a range of students at Chipping Norton school
  3. I developed my writing skills (Masters level) in particular my critical thinking.

One of the best things about being a student at The School of Education at Brookes is that I could use the library at Harcourt Hill, not only for my referencing and reading but because it provided me with a quiet place to work at the weekends and in the evenings.

At the moment I am very happy in my job but in the future I might look to go into Senior Management at some stage.

Student experience

Kate Calnan

I was particularly attracted to study at Oxford Brookes as I studied my music PGCE at Brookes, have always trained interns from Oxford Brookes and so have a close link with the University

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