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7th for Student Satisfaction – Education

Complete University Guide 2021

Forward your career

Study a PGCE and earn Qualified Teacher Status

Workplace learning

Complete a work placement on every course in a school environment

Our education courses aim to set you up for a variety of different futures.  

Our education courses aim to set you up for a variety of different futures. Our education undergraduate degrees will put you in the strongest position to start many child support related careers, or to study a postgraduate PGCE and become a qualified teacher. Whereas with our BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS course, you’ll graduate as a fully qualified teacher, ready to step into the world of work. 

All our courses will give you access to a variety of work placements. Here you'll learn how to make a valuable education team contribution. You'll also cover areas like safeguarding which will help qualify you to work in child protection. You'll learn from professionals with direct experience. You'll also hear specialist guest speakers discuss different roles in employment. You'll learn through interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials, projects, group work and study placements.

We have a selection of PGCE courses available at a postgraduate level, which are amongst our most popular courses at the University. These courses prepare you to teach at your chosen level, and involve a mix of university input and school experience, with a close attention to your individual needs and a genuine sense of partnership with the schools we work with. What's more, you’ll leave as a qualified and practised teacher, ready to walk into a new career in teaching. We also offer subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses and PGCE-based Schools Direct courses. 



Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work-placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career.

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be a broader experience. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience.

Our network of schools will support you in getting excellent core initial teacher training. Our PGCE awards are also designed to house our trainees in placements every week, ensuring you'll form supportive bonds with peers and course leaders.

Work experience opportunities:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Early years settings
  • NGOs
  • Private training organisations
  • Local Councils
  • Armed Forces
  • Prison Service
  • Local Authorities

Our students

Toni Wedgewood
Education Student

I completed three work placements a year at local schools and taught a range of pupils across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The staff at the schools always made sure they were available and taught me how to be a professional. If you say you're from Staffordshire University when on placement, people know they have a quality student.

Marcel Phillips
BA (Hons) Education Studies

The tutor was absolutely fantastic and supportive – and I think what worked really well is me studying around full-time work. I had a Tuesday evening study so it worked really nicely around my Teaching Assistant role that I was doing at the time. 

It was difficult, but the support that I had off our lecturer was fantastic. They’d worked in education for a number of years so they understood how it worked.  

Sophie Hancock
BA (Hons) Education Studies

The lecturers were always on hand to email you and all of the support has been really good. 

I worked as well as uni so I did uni part-time and then I worked in a school as well alongside it. It worked really well because all of the assignments related to my workplace so it was based on the job that I had. I started off actually volunteering at a school because that’s what I had to have for the degree then about six months in, they offered me a job so the course actually helped me to get a job as well and I’m still there now.  

Our staff

Fiona Hall
Fiona HallSenior Lecturer

Fiona's expertise covers Special Education Needs (SEND), the history of education, behaviour management, safeguarding, and the deployment and practice of support staff in schools. She teaches the module on Safeguarding.

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Ruth Hudson-Gill
Ruth Hudson-GillCourse Leader

Ruth’s research interests explore parental bereavement in childhood, professionalisation of the Early Years workforce and technology to enhance teaching and learning.

She is a member of Staffordshire Early Years Professional Network.

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Jim Pugh
Jim PughHead of Education

Jim Pugh is Head of Education here at Staffordshire University. He’s worked in education for his entire career, from inspiring young learners as a primary school teacher to leading the development of education students and academics at Staffordshire University. He is proud of the difference that the courses make to individuals as they develop from undergraduates through their teaching training and beyond.Some of the best things about studying Education at Staffordshire University, according to Jim, are real-life placements, field trips and – crucially – your employability when you leave.

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Kate Dale
Kate DaleSenior Lecturer

I'm currently involved in all aspects of teaching on the Secondary PGCE.

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Dr Sarah Misra
Dr Sarah MisraPrimary PGCE Award Leader, School Direct Lead and Senior Lecturer in Education

Sarah has had a lengthy (and happy) career in Primary Education with robust experience of teaching across the entire primary age range in mixed and single age year groups and in a variety of different schools and areas. She moved to Staffordshire University in 2013 to lead the Primary PGCE Core Award and the Primary School Direct Award and is also a supervisor on the Doctorate in Education.

Sarah is passionate about the arts and gained degrees in both History of Art & Design and Business Studies before studying Education in a Museum setting at the V&A Museum and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She also worked in stage and costume design in the USA and as a Children’s Books Buyer before training as a teacher in 1996. She currently campaigns to raise the profile of the Arts in Primary Education and has edited and co-written a book; “Teaching the Primary Foundation Subjects” with Open University Press. In 2011 she joined Edge Hill University to lead the Foundation Subjects Team and now leads the foundation subjects and the Primary PGCE at Staffordshire University.

Sarah is passionate about social justice and gender equality and believes that education is the key to improving these. She has a Masters’ Degree and Doctorate in Education. Her research is primarily focused around developing more creative and inclusive methods of qualitative research including storytelling and arts-based research, such as the award-winning Plastic Ceiling Project, which was exhibited at Tate Liverpool in 2018. She has published and presented at international conferences on the challenges of juggling work and motherhood and has acted as a qualitative research consultant for the research arm of the NHS.

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Dr Duncan Hindmarch
Dr Duncan HindmarchSenior Lecturer

My enthusiasm for learning led me to qualify, design and deliver to initial and subject specialist teacher training courses. I have an interest in developing virtual learning environments to support learning. 

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Dr Gill Forrester
Dr Gill ForresterAssociate Professor

Gill leads the Professional Doctorate in Education

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Tina Richardson
Tina RichardsonSenior Lecturer

I have extensive expertise of working in the secondary and post compulsory sector as well as experience of teaching in Greece and China. I am also an external examiner for PGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) courses.

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Our graduates

Georgina Newton Education, 2016

After working as a language and IT teacher for over 20 years, Georgina now works to improve UK teacher retention in her role at the University of Warwick.

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Sam O’Brien Modern and International History, 2014

Sam works for City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College as a Learning Support Assistant.

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Chloe McCormick Secondary Business, 2008

After graduating in Business Management, and working as a photographer, Chloe returned to us for a change in career and studied to be a teacher six years later.

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