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Ilford teachers bag doctorate and masters to improve quality of learning

PUBLISHED: 17:43 25 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:43 25 November 2016

Teachers Nevin Chinniah, Vanessa Patel, Tricia Kheejoo, Kulvarn Atwal, Emel Kara and Richard Morse have at Highlands Primary School who have all excelled in the highest of qualifications recently.

Teachers Nevin Chinniah, Vanessa Patel, Tricia Kheejoo, Kulvarn Atwal, Emel Kara and Richard Morse have at Highlands Primary School who have all excelled in the highest of qualifications recently.

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Teachers at a primary school go to great lengths to encourage school children to aim high.

Not only did Kulvarn Atwal, headteacher of Highlands Primary School, Highlands Gardens, Ilford, receive a doctorate in education earlier this month, but four colleagues obtained a masters in education.

Tricia Kheejoo, Emel Kara, Vanessa Patel and Richard Morse graduated with Mr Atwal at the O2 earlier this month.

Mr Atwal said: “As a school, we believe that the greatest impact on our pupils’ learning is the quality of teaching, and that the greatest impact on the quality of teaching is the quality of teachers’ learning.”

There are currently more than twenty other teachers at the school who are on the way to achieving their a masters.

“Further education enables us to take a step back and reflect on our practice,” added Ms Kheejoo.

Ms Kara said: “By undertaking research we become more informed practitioners as a result.”

Mr Morse added that he “thoroughly” enjoyed returning to his studies.

“It made me think how I could have an even greater impact on children’s development,” he said.

“I found it beneficial.”

While Miss Patel found that working and studying at the same time enabled her to immediately apply theories in the classroom.

“This allowed me to continually develop my practice to ensure that I was impacting positively on the children I work with, both in my school and the schools I support as a specialist leader in education.”


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