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Student Interviews

Student Perspectives

This past year has been the most fulfilling as a Head in terms of my professional development. The fellowship and companionship of a diverse learning community has promoted some truly reflective and 'deep' learning. It has been time-consuming and uncomfortable on occasions, but as with anything that needs such an investment, it has been immensely rewarding.

Please watch the videos below to hear what our students say about the course. The videos feature full-time MPhil international students, and part-time MEd students working in the region. Along with headteachers and early career teachers the ELSI MEd group typically includes senior and middle leaders from schools, both maintained and independent; governors, FE lecturers and advisers/consultants have all also successfully completed the course.

Experience ELSI | MEd Student Perspectives and Advice

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This is one of the most challenging yet rewarding journeys I have ever embarked on!

Experience ELSI | MPhil Student Perspectives and Advice

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It has been fantastic to engage with the research that can help us better understand the job we do.

Experience ELSI | MEd Year 2 Student Perspectives and Advice

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A new sense of purpose and perspective on my profession: I feel as though I have been energised and enthused!

Experience ELSI | The value of Critical Friendship

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Liberating, challenging, informative, absolutely inspirational and refreshingly different.

Experience ELSI | ELSI Alumni student's perspective

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I now find that I am far less likely to accept the ‘received wisdom’ of innovation and new policies.

Further Perspectives

"My practice has already changed because I feel energized intellectually and that makes me teach better; I stress perspective, conditionality and joint enquiry more strongly in my lessons because that is how I am finding I am learning myself."

"The strengths of the ELSI course lie in the high quality taught sessions (engaging, thought provoking and inspiring) and the quality of contribution from colleagues."

"The support and advice which I received as a part time student surpassed all my expectations"

"The research I carried out for my thesis has enabled my school to reflect on our situation as a school in challenging circumstances and put things into place that will enliven our learning community and hopefully improve outcomes for our children."

"I have never regretted for one moment studying for my Masters alongside my teaching commitments. Yes, it is tough at times balancing various commitments but the pay off more than compensates."

"The strengths of the ELSI course lie in the high quality taught sessions (engaging, thought provoking and inspiring) and the quality of contribution from colleagues"

"I found the discussions during the sessions (and outside too!) very useful in expanding my contextual understanding of education."

"The realisation that my opinion is welcomed and challenged, rather than paid lip service and ignored, has been an incredibly encouraging, and humbling experience."

"An excellent course to finish with many more questions that you had at the beginning but an overall sense of achievement and personal and professional improvement."

"I have been given a wealth of opportunities at the Faculty beyond our regular sessions – everything from participating in critical forums, presenting at conferences and attending numerous talks and workshops."

"The Faculty was a great place to study – the peace and beauty of the surroundings combined with the rigour of the academics is exactly what I was hoping for. It’s good to feel so supported."