How to inspire future generations

Jamie Barry

Jamie graduated in 2004 with a BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS – and less than a decade later he was appointed head of Welford Primary School in Birmingham. Here are his hints and tips to all budding teachers.

What advice would you give to anyone considering the same career?

It's a fantastic job. However, think about the wider role very carefully. It is not a 9-3 job and it's not about simply standing and delivering to a class of children. 

Also look openly at the career that you want to have. Career paths have opened up to a wider degree now so there are a lot more options available. Think carefully about what you want to do.

How can students make the most of their time at Birmingham City University?

Engage with everything on offer. Make the most of the facilities and the tutors. 

What tips would have been valuable to know when you were 16?

The career advice I would give to my 16-year-old self would be to stay focused and to be very clear on what you want to achieve and work your hardest to achieve it.

My top three tips for getting ahead in teaching

Read widely and take an interest in educational developments.
Make the most of any opportunity to work with children. Gain that experience.
Be prepared.
Get your organisational skills sorted!
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Head of Welford Primary School

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

Jamie was 30 when he took up his head post, making him one of the city’s youngest headteachers.

"It has been a bit of whirlwind and, at times, a very steep learning curve - but I cannot think of any better career. I love teaching and the ability to give children the best opportunities possible.

"I cannot praise Birmingham City University highly enough for helping me kick-start my career. I felt I was 100 per cent job-ready thanks to the vocational focus of the course, the academic rigour of the study and the support of the tutors."

Meet some of our other graduates

Daniella Genas

Daniella set up her Aspire4u Community Interest Company in 2007, three years after graduating with a BA (Hons) Media and Communication.

Aspire4u organises projects such as fashion and talent shows, and awards ceremonies and offers work experience to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Professor Sandra Nutley

Sandra has worked at a range of universities teaching management studies.

Now working at the University of St Andrews, Sandra has published extensively in the field of performance management and is a member of the UK Economic and Social Research Council Evaluation Committee.

Peter Stacey

Peter has forged a career as Vice-Chair for Mountain Training.

Having previously worked as a mountaineering instructor, Peter’s role sees him oversee those wishing to lead groups into the mountains. He is also the Professional Officer for the British Association of International Mountain Leaders.