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07 December 2017

One minute PhD: why do mums leave teaching?

By Aimee Quickfall

Tuesday 12 December 2017 • Reading time: 1 minute

One in four teachers who become mothers leave the profession. Aimee Quickfall explains her research into the topic, and writes about life as an EdD student

I am a mother of a young child, studying for a doctorate, whilst working full time. It’s my choice, it’s tricky sometimes, but this is why I decided to do it.

For fifteen years, I have worked with the most delightful colleagues on earth - children. For fifteen years, I have been ‘Miss Q’. I didn’t even change it when I got married, as I couldn’t bear the thought of not being Miss Q anymore.

I cared for every one of them, and felt the weight of the responsibility for their education, their confidence and their happiness at school.

For four years, I have been a parent to a ray of human sunshine – Cormac. For three years of that, I have been ‘Mum’.

When I started my doctorate two years ago, it was something just for me. My doctoral cohort called me Aimee!

As I have read the literature in my field, completed a pilot study and analysed the data, I realised that this doctorate is still for me – but it is also for my participants, and for other women who might find some connections in our stories and their own.

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Aimee Quickfall

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