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Graduate voice: Emma Styles


English Literature and Drama graduate Emma Styles works as a Classroom Teacher in Thorpe Lea Primary School.

Emma Styles

What did you study?

I studied English Literature and Drama.

Who do you work for and what is your job title?

I work for Thorpe Lea Primary School and my job title is Classroom Teacher.

Describe your current role.

I am the current Year 3 teacher as well as History and Geography Co-ordinator so am in charge of everything linked to History and Geography within the school, including trips and visitors.

However, my main job is looking after and teaching my 30 pupils. I am responsible for all progress, attainment, attitude and behaviour for the students in my class. I am also a co-lead for English and help the English Co-ordinator promote reading and writing in the school.

What’s the best thing about the work you do?

The best thing about my role is the impact you can have on a child, and being able to see that impact feed into their everyday attitude to school as well as their work in class.

What’s the most challenging aspect of the work you do?

The most challenging part of my role is the extreme range of ability in one class and making sure every single child is challenged in their own way.

What are your three top tips for students considering a career in Primary School Teaching?

  • Don’t go into it thinking it’s easy!
  • stay positive
  • Be flexible

How did your time at university prepare you for your job?

My time at university helped with my social skills, English teaching and being able to manage my time well.