Dad who swapped his career for studying is fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a teacher
Dad-of-three Barry Meaden, who quit his job in business development to follow his dream of becoming a teacher has graduated with a BA (Hons) Children and Young People’s Learning and Development degree from Edge Hill University.
Barry, 40, has already secured a place on a Schools Direct PGCE which will see him teaching in Catholic primary schools in Wigan.
“I’ve always dreamt of going to university and becoming a teacher”
He said: “I’ve always dreamt of going to university and becoming a teacher but I got a job, got married and had three children and the years just passed by.
“I’d told myself by the time I was 30 I’d look into becoming a teacher, then more time passed and it was only after attending an open day at Edge Hill and seeing the stunning campus and meeting the course tutors that I decided to take the leap.
“Being the main earner in the house this was a massive change for all my family and I was really nervous about things going wrong and other students thinking I was too old at 37.
“Luckily it was one of the best decisions I ever made and the course proved ideal for my career goal.”
Aside from understanding all the theories underpinning teaching and learning, Barry was able to run a beach school for a day and did his dissertation on how children view SATS exams.
If you want to train to teach, Edge Hill offers a range of courses, visit the website for more information.