John Moran Educational - Trust Making financial awards to support the entry into higher education
 
Student Profiles

The Trust has made awards to over forty two deserving students from the Merseyside region since it was set up in 2003. Here’s more about what these students did with their awards, and what it meant to them:

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Firstly can I convey my most sincere thanks to the trustees for awarding me this grant. The impact it will have on my university life is phenomenal and I am honoured to have been chosen. Having achieved ABB at A-level in History, English Language and Literature and Psychology respectively, I have decided to use higher education as a platform to further my knowledge and skills for a possible career in teaching.

From September I will be studying at Edge Hill University to become a Primary School teacher; something that has been a dream of mine from a very young age. I have undertaken several volunteering positions, including managing my own football team and supporting classes in my former Primary School, which have further consolidated my dream to become a Primary school teacher.
Due to the fact that my father is a carer for my disabled mother, I will be remaining at home for the duration of my degree at Edge Hill. Thus, the substantial financial burden of travel would have been crippling without the help from John Moran. The trustees have allowed me to be educated at one of the finest universities for teaching in the country, meaning I have the best opportunity to reach my ultimate dream of becoming a Primary School teacher, without worrying about the extra financial strain.

Along with having to cope with the regular financial commitments of university life, I am the first person to go to higher education from my family. Thus, the financial costs of achieving my dream on both me and my family would have been incredibly difficult without this help from the John Moran Trustees.

It is without doubt that my first year of university has been a successful one. Beginning a teaching degree can be both daunting and overwhelming at times; however, it is safe to say that I have come through this year with an abundance of confidence both in the profession and more importantly in myself.

Although the financial help from the organisation is both very helpful and appreciated, the support from the trustees and confidence shown in me has also had a huge impact upon my own personal development and growth. Armed with the necessary pedagogical knowledge, my first teaching placement was a tremendous learning curve for me. Having only taught small groups and one-to-one pupils, the prospect of teaching a class of thirty children was very exciting, but scary! However, the confidence shown in me by several, including the trustees at John Moran, helped me grow and develop my own teacher personality and come through the placement a changed person. For this, I am very grateful.

Although a teaching degree requires a lot of time and energy, university life has been equally rewarding. The support from John Moran has meant that I have not only been able to concentrate on my education but enjoying the perks of university life too. This has resulted in me being able to develop my own friendship group, who have been excellent in supporting me throughout the year.

A year on from receiving the very generous grant from John Moran Trustees, it is clear to me that this organisation has had a huge impact upon my life already. The support from the trustees at John Moran have allowed me to bridge the financial gap which is sometimes a hindrance to university life, in order for me to achieve my dream of teaching young children. Thus, I must convey how thankful I am to the organisation for their continuing support as I do not believe my success would have been possible without it. 

My second year of University has been a very busy, but thoroughly enjoyable period in my life. Following completion of a vigorous academic introduction to year two of university life, I was afforded the opportunity to move to the Isle of Man to complete my phase 1B teaching practice. The Isle of Man offers a much broader curriculum, from which teachers have greater freedom to be creative and innovative, adapting their pedagogy accordingly. Therefore, the opportunity to experience such an expansive, forward thinking curriculum was an opportunity I could not decline.

However, due to the fact that I live at home ordinarily, this placement also presented a lot of financial strain as food was not included and living expenses on the Island are far greater than in Liverpool. Thus, without the continued support of the John Moran Trustees, it would have been extremely difficult to take advantage of such a wonderful experience. Therefore, I am very grateful for this opportunity.

Moving to the Isle of Man for placement broadened my horizons both as a teaching professional and a person. Increased independence and responsibility in a different environment, allowed me to grow as a person.  However, the freedom to flourish in an expansive curriculum resulted in me achieving an Outstanding on my Phase 1B final report, showing that the hard work in a new setting had clearly paid dividends. Having returned to the United Kingdom, I now feel more confident and well-informed going into my third year and looking forward to the final placement. It is clear to me that, what I have learnt in the Isle of Man has shaped me as a person as well as a teaching professional.

I cannot express my gratitude towards the trustees for their continued and unconditional support as I genuinely believe that, as a result the belief they have shown in me, I am now a very different person than the one I was at the start if this course two years ago. I look forward to the third and final stage of the process that will allow me to achieve my dream of becoming a Primary School teacher, heading into the new academic year with a fresh sense of belief, confidence and enthusiasm.