Rachel Ward

We look at the ways in which children learn and the importance of play within the learning process. Also, the perspectives of childhood and the education system through time and the way in which politics and policies have shaped the education system of today and how it could change and adapt in the future in terms of policy and the technological world. Further to this, we look at the economic, political and social issues and debates within education and how this affects student performance, the teaching profession and schools. 

We have had the amazing opportunity to visit Summerhill School; a progressive school that has a very alternative method to teaching than mainstream schools. Also, as I am looking at a career in teaching, I chose to take the Placement module this year. I have had the opportunity to spend time in primary, secondary and special schools. This has been really beneficial as I have been able to put the theoretical knowledge from the course into practice and have been able to see how policies are implemented in schools and their effects on both teachers and learners.

Alongside studying at Keele, I am also the President of the Education Society. With the society being relatively new, the newly elected committee look forward to building the society over the next academic year. As a society, we welcome any member of the Keele Community with an interest in education. With a large proportion of students who take Education at Keele looking at teacher training programmes post-graduation, the Education Society works closely with the PGCE Team at Keele to inform students of any teacher training events and advice on applying for a PGCE. However, the course does not limit you to a career within teaching, it opens up many doors for potential jobs for those who choose not to have a teaching career. Therefore, we also work closely with the Careers Team at Keele who provide information on other job opportunities, such as, youth workers and learning mentors. The Education Society also looks forward to working with charities within the local area, such as, ‘Ay Up Duck’, a charity that runs summer programmes across Stoke-on-Trent for families that otherwise would not have access to activities during school holidays.