Throughout his three year course, James Crosby has undertaken several work placements as a classroom assistant at schools in Leicestershire and London. He has also tutored a GCSE student and volunteered as a Reading Ambassador Team Leader, leading local school pupils through various texts and tasks and logging their progression.
James has now decided to pursue a PhD in the influence of intrinsic motivation upon performance in either Education or Sport.
”I selected my course as an alternative gateway to primary teaching and feel the psychological insights I have gained will assist me in the classroom. For example, combining features of developmental, social and biological psychology has given me an understanding of disorders such as ADHD. Furthermore, educational psychology has allowed me to understand how this disorder is managed in an educational setting.
It is important for students to be as proactive as possible as there are plenty of opportunities to better yourself, but you must actively seek them. I particularly enjoyed being a student literacy ambassador, planning and taking a lesson which was designed to inspire and inform children about university was extremely enjoyable and rewarding.
Studying at the University of Northampton has been an incredibly fulfilling and enjoyable experience. I will look back at my time there with gratitude and thanks.”