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James Bates

James Bates

Foundation degree “great stop gap” for prospective teacher James

Former DCG student James Bates plans to train as a primary school teacher once he has finished his top up degree at the University of Derby.
 
James, who is 23 and from Belper, progressed to a degree in Early Childhood Studies after getting a distinction in his foundation course in Children and Young People’s Services at the Roundhouse.
 
James said  taking the three-year foundation course had been a “great stop gap” between school and university.
 
He added: “A lot of what I learned at Derby College keeps cropping up on my degree course.
 
“If I’d gone to university straight from school, I think I would have struggled with the academic writing. I know I would have found that side so much harder.”
 
James did an apprenticeship in school sports before College, and because his foundation course was part-time, carried on working at a local primary school three days a week. He was also able to work for the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership which promotes sports in schools across the Dales and Hope Valley.
 
James is continuing to work as a Teaching Assistant and for the partnership while studying for his degree. As part of his College studies, James wrote an essay on the impact of Covid-19 on the role of  teaching assistants.

A lot of what I learned at Derby College keeps cropping up on my degree course.


If I’d gone to university straight from school, I think I would have struggled with the academic writing. I know I would have found that side so much harder.


 

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