Qualification Case Studies

Need some inspiration, or wondering how other parents have fitted CPD into their schedules? We hope these stories of real mums and dads balancing their family commitments with formal qualifications and further study give you the tips and direction you need.  Just click on their lovely faces to read their stories in full.

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Career Changes

NQT Co-Ordinating Mentor, Tracey-Ann Peynado (@ann4tracey), describes how three maternity leaves provided her with the opportunity to reflect on her career, develop her subject, pedagogical and leadership knowledge in order to prepare for new career opportunities.

Studying for an EdD

Sarah Mullin (@MrsSarahMullin), school leader and 2018 Education Awards Nominee for Teacher of the Year explains how she used three maternity leaves to aid her career progression and build up towards a Doctorate in Education.

Time to Rethink

Kayte Haselgrove (@EduKayte) explains how her experience of becoming a mother of two prompted her to rethink and evolve her career by undertaking a QTLS.

Waking Up Parts of My Brain

English Teacher, ECT Induction Tutor and Teaching and Learning Impact Lead, Katherine Cummins (@ke_cummins), explains how she embraced the opportunity to complete her NPQML during her first maternity leave, and shares top tips for those who want to do the same.

Joining the ‘Parent-Teacher Club’: the Pros and Cons

Mother of three, Catherine Brown (@catmaybrown), reflects on the opportunities for teaching, learning and professional development that her maternity leave offered, as well as how she fit different forms of CPD around babies with varying characters and used her learning when she returned to the classroom.

A Maternity Leave Masters

Jessica Carter (@JessoftheShire), primary school teacher and Mum of two, currently on maternity leave, explains how she has balanced her Masters with the Open University around her children and flexible working hours, and how the study has enriched her teaching and learning.

Chartered Status

Gemma Campbell (@gemlcampbell), English Teacher, Teaching and Learning Lead and mother of two explains how she used her second maternity leave to complete her CTeach qualification and use her mentoring skills to support the growth of this exciting new pilot.