Andrew Pascoe - PGCE Primary (Early Years)

Current Employer: Allenby Primary School

Current Job Title: SLD/ASD Unit Teacher

Current Location: Surrey

"Plymouth University carries a certain amount of academic weight; the university is ranked in the top 50 internationally by the Times Higher Educational Supplement and its teacher training is graded as ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted."

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

Having a qualification from Plymouth University really does carry weight. Since graduation, I have been able to jump ahead and specialise immediately in the field of special educational needs and disabilities. I have worked in a range of diverse settings from training colleges and special schools, to different types of units.

Has your career path changed since graduation?

No. Plymouth University equipped me with the skills so that I was both attractive to employers and then also able to go on and have a substantial impact within their organisation. If anything, my career path has just become more specialist within my chosen field.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career?

Applying new technologies to give a child a voice is pretty high up there, as is working closely with families and wider professionals in order to benefit the child. Being an ambassador for UNICEF, supporting the rights of children with SEND, is also memorable.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get in to the same line of work?

Volunteer. If it’s what you want to do then get involved in some capacity right now. Sue Torr MBE runs a fantastic local project in supporting people with reading and writing difficulties.

How did studying at Plymouth help you?

I mentioned earlier that a qualification from Plymouth University carries a certain amount of academic weight; the University is ranked in the top 50 internationally by the Times Higher Educational Supplement and its teacher training is graded as ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted – this speaks for itself.

Do you stay in touch with other Plymouth University alumni or lecturers?

Absolutely, I’ve made so many lifelong friends through the University, both staff and students, that I will always remain in touch. The Plymouth Alumni Community is thriving thanks to its great use of social media. I’m looking forward to becoming more involved through ‘Plymouth Connect,’ which is launching in November, 2015.

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