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Sarah Birch

Sarah studied part time and, since taking her master’s, has taken on a new role.

Sarah  Birch

MA Education

'The master’s allowed me to explore areas of research which had an impact on my working life.'

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

After a first degree in sport and exercise science, and a PGCE at another university, I teach children with a range of emotional, social and behavioural difficulties at Holmwood Special School. I have always known about Teesside University as this is my home town. My master’s was a personal ambition rather than a career advancement opportunity.

What was the course like?

I studied part time while working full time. The master’s was absolutely perfect for me because it allowed me to explore areas of research I was interested in and which had an impact on my working life. For instance, I researched exclusion for my final dissertation and, during my assignments, I studied foetal alcohol syndrome and educational policy.

What are you doing now?

I work at Bishopton Pupil Referral Unit in Stockton as a Senior Assistant Headteacher. My knowledge from my MA supported my application and allowed me to talk confidently at my interview about research and impact.