'It’s nice to feel like a professional as well as a mum.’

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'It’s nice to feel like a professional as well as a mum.’

Elizabeth is standing in a school playground

Elizabeth Palfreyman studied the PgCert Special Educational Needs Co-Ordination (SENCO) and has returned to education after maternity leave. In order to fulfil the criteria for her role as SENCO, Elizabeth decided to continue her studies at Sheffield Hallam to complete her national award for SEN Co-Ordination.

‘I decided to study at Sheffield Hallam due to the course layout, which links more directly to my role and practice.’

‘All of the tutors are really approachable, they have all had hands-on experience of working in school and being SENCOs. They therefore understand the challenges we might face and can also offer great advice.’

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Elizabeth had to complete her study days online.

‘I have been extremely impressed with how well the tutors adapted to online learning. The content of the course was still extremely relevant and the tasks we were set have linked well to my role and have allowed me to reflect on my own practice.’

‘I have learnt a lot more about inclusive principles and good practice than I thought I would. The course has also allowed me to reflect on the role I have and made me much more confident at moving forward with the ideas I feel would enhance the school.’

Liz feels much more confident in her role due to the information she has learnt on the course. She believes that she is in a much better position to support not only the children at the school, but also the staff and the parents. 

‘Completing the course after maternity leave has helped me back into my role. Starting something fresh has improved my confidence – it’s nice to feel like a professional as well as a mum.’

‘Some of the changes that I have put in place due to the course will allow for the school's provision to be enhanced and therefore the children are now accessing a better education.’

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