Susan Round is a class teacher in a large primary school in Bleanau Gwent.
"After gaining a place on the leadership team in my school, my Head suggested that I do the PGCE course in Leadership and Management with USW starting in September 2014. As I was also just trying to finish my dissertation for the Masters in Education the thought of starting another course filled me with some trepidation.
For my research on the PGCE, I examined my practice and the courses I had attended. During this part of the course I was able to look at what courses I had been on and the impact they had not just on me, but also on my classroom and the school. This was particularly useful as it made me consider the impact of training on the school, classroom and individual.
I am now investigating marking and feedback. I am looking at how children become involved in responding to what has been written by teachers in their books.
As part of this research, my understanding of what children think when reading teachers’ comments has been eye opening. It has given me new insights into how I mark. I have shared my research on a whole school training day and this has changed the marking policy for the school.
I couldn’t have imagined at the beginning of this course how my training and research could directly influence my own thinking, the school and the children in my charge.
The course has really been worthwhile."