The Professional Practice department at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) proudly celebrates the remarkable impact that Ceri Littlewood, Headteacher of OldCastle Primary School, Bridgend, has had on her school community following her completion of her MA in Professional Practice.
Ceri’s dedication to staff well-being and mental health in primary education has not only transformed her own leadership approach but she has also created a positive ripple effect among her staff.
Her work-based learning project, titled ‘How Can We Support Staff Well-being and Mental Health in Primary Education?’ exemplifies her commitment to creating a supportive and nurturing environment for educators. The project has contributed valuable insights to the academic discourse and has directly influenced the well-being initiatives implemented at her school.
In her heartfelt testimonial, Ceri expressed her gratitude, stating:
“My time with the university has been nothing short of exceptional, and the Professional Practice Framework has added immense value to my educational journey.
“The course provided a comprehensive understanding of theories, research, and best practices related to staff wellbeing. Through case studies and real-world applications, I gained valuable insights into implementing strategies to enhance staff morale, manage stress, and foster a collaborative and supportive culture within the school community. This hands-on approach allowed me to translate theoretical concepts into actionable initiatives.”
Ceri decided to enrol on the Professional Practice course as it provided a flexible schedule that allowed her to continue in her employment whilst pursuing a higher education qualification. She said:
“By choosing this course, I could directly apply what I learn in my daily work. This direct application of knowledge makes the learning experience more relevant and immediately beneficial to my career.
“Being part of a Professional Practice programme provides excellent networking opportunities. I had an opportunity to interact with fellow professionals who bring diverse experiences and perspectives to the table. This networking was valuable for both my academic and professional growth.”
“The course has positively impacted the school by contributing to a more positive and productive work environment. By implementing the strategies learned during the master’s programme, we observed increased staff satisfaction and improved overall morale. This, in turn, provides a stronger quality of interactions with pupils.”
The course has enhanced Ceri’s leadership and interpersonal skills.
“ It has equipped me with the knowledge and tools to address challenges related to staff wellbeing effectively. I have become more adept at fostering a supportive community within the school, and the experience has deepened my commitment to promoting the welfare of educators and, by extension, the success of our pupils.”
She highlighted the university’s commitment to providing a holistic educational experience, blending theoretical knowledge with practical application. Ceri emphasised the outstanding support and guidance she received throughout her journey, praising faculty members as mentors who genuinely cared about her development. She adds:
“The structure of the Professional Practice Framework encouraged collaboration and teamwork, fostering a sense of community among fellow educational professionals. It was inspiring to learn from and alongside my peers, each of whom brought a unique perspective and set of skills to the table,”
Lowri Harris, Programme Manager for the Professional Practice provision at UWTSD said:
“Ceri’s commitment to the well-being of her staff is truly commendable. Her work not only showcases the impact of the Professional Practice Framework but also reflects the University’s mission to empower educators with the knowledge and skills needed for positive change.
“The University of Wales Trinity Saint David extends its congratulations to Ceri, and acknowledges the significant impact she continues to make in the field of primary education.”
The team are holding a webinar in February, therefore if you would like to find out more about the possibilities within the Professional Practice Framework, please email [email protected] or call 01267 676882.