Sophie Cooper – BA (Hons) Art History; PGCE Primary Education graduate

Current employer: Devon County Council

Current job title: Primary School Teacher

Current location: Exeter

“You have to be passionate about your job, especially in education. It is the most rewarding job that anyone can have and all the hard work pays off, I promise!”

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

Since graduation I have stayed in primary school education. I really love my job and it has allowed me to take on other aspects of education, such as my app Fonics.

What is the most difficult thing which you have faced in your career?

The most difficult thing I have faced in my career so far was the end of Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. This is the reason I came up with the idea of Fonics. Even now, one in four children fail this test each year, and one in four children fall behind on the very test of their school career. Fonics is designed to help more children learn to read and crucially, to take less time doing so which means that they can progress in other areas of education. Once a child can read well, it not only unlocks an amazing world in terms of storybooks, but it is also the foundation of education and something they will use for the rest of their lives.

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

You have to be passionate about your job, especially in education. It is the most rewarding job that anyone can have and all the hard work pays off, I promise!

Did you undertake a placement during your degree and if so, how did this benefit you?

During my PGCE course I undertook three compulsory placements. These helped me to get a feel of what real teaching was about.

What is your favourite memory of studying at Plymouth? 

My favourite memory of studying at Plymouth is the feeling you get when you know that it is going to be a lovely day, and you can go and do your work at the Hoe.

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