Marie Wright, a graduate of City College Norwich’s Early Years FdA and Childhood Studies Top Up degree, and proud mum of two, has achieved her lifelong ambition of becoming a primary school teacher – winning an outstanding trainee teacher award in the process!
Like many of the students who join the college’s Higher Education programmes, Marie was seeking a change of career direction. After leaving school at 16, she took a job in a financial services company working in pensions, where she worked for 14 years.
With a busy life balancing work, home and family, Marie wondered if the opportunity to become a teacher might have passed her by. But a chance comment that was made to Marie – that if you really want to do something, then you will go on and do it – struck a chord.
Feeling more confident in herself as a mature student than she had been as a school leaver, Marie enrolled for City College Norwich’s Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies. After successfully completing the course, she went on to do the 1-year ‘top-up’ to graduate with a BA(hons) in Childhood Studies, validated by the UEA.
Marie recalls, “City College Norwich was brilliant. It offered a way for me to do the degree, without having to go away to uni, which I could combine with my work and family. It was an absolutely brilliant course for me to do.”
After graduating in 2015, Marie continued to build her experience of working in schools as a teaching assistant. In September last year she commenced her teacher training year, at Scarning Primary School, taking the School Direct Salaried pathway with Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT.
Not only did Marie pass the course with flying colours, she was also honoured to receive SCITT’s Primary School Direct Salaried Outstanding Teacher Award for 2017.
Marie says, “I was a little bit shocked to get the award. I am proud of how far I’ve come. Trying to combine my studies for the PGCE, with working in school, and family life, it was not always easy to fit it all in. I feel quite humbled to think that people think this of me.”
Pictured: Janet Bell, Primary SCITT Leader (right) presenting Marie Wright (left) with the East of England Co-op Award for Outstanding Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT Primary Salaried Trainee Teacher 2017.