Polly studied Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Studies and has achieved a first-class degree. Polly was a student ambassador with the School and College Engagement team, and is planning to start teacher training in a Special Educational Needs school.

Photo of Polly, Canterbury Christ Church University student

Before coming to university, I worked in a nursery for five years after studying childcare at college. I have dyslexia and wanted to learn more about this and how I can support children going through similar experiences to myself in school. At the nursery I worked with children with SEN and wanted expand my knowledge on how to best offer support.

When I came for an open day at Christ Church I fell in love with campus – I loved that it was so close to the city and the freedom this would give me.

Studying at Canterbury Christ Church University has been amazing - my course tutors are supportive, not only with essays but preparing for the future as well. I really enjoyed learning something new and being able to carry out my own research as part of my dissertation.

Due to my dyslexia, at times I struggled with proof-reading my work and reading the journals, but I was supported by the University’s disability team, who provided a dyslexia tutor and technology that is able to read books to me.

I have really enjoyed being part of the School and College Engagement team as a student ambassador and being able to support the next generation of children to learn about higher education.

I’m starting teaching training at a SEN school in September 2020. I never thought I would be able to be a teacher, but I have much more confidence now and feel I have control of my future.