University of Brighton Alumni Association

Natasha Paling

Apprenticeship route helped me achieve my teaching dream

Natash Paling, a teacher at a Brighton primary school following completion of the teacher apprenticeship, told us how her time at Brighton shaped her career, and gave her that unique effect on her success.

She also tells us about award success since graduating and shares her advice for current students.

Mature student to qualified teacher

“By completing a degree as a mature student and then completing a teaching apprenticeship, I was able to pursue my dream to become a qualified teacher. My five year journey at the University of Brighton developed me as a learner, a practitioner and as a person.”

Positive memories at Brighton

“Many positive memories – making a whole new set of friends at the age of 41! Graduating with a first class honours degree after leaving school with a handful of GCSEs. Having a great graduation party after completing my PGTA. Finishing my degree in the depths of the Covid pandemic!”

Greatest achievement since graduating

“Being awarded Outstanding New Teacher of 2022 in the National Pearson Teaching Awards.

Wisdom and advice

“Persevere – it’s tough! Use the fantastic lecturers. They have a wealth of knowledge! Spend time reading and read widely. Buy a planner – and stick to it! Make time for yourself. Be kind to everyone – you never know when you’ll need someone!”

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Meredith Brooklyn • March 29, 2023

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