Teaching: a profession and a passion

This is a Education Subject Spotlight with Damien Maguire from Liverpool Hope University. An interactive, cinematic course taster experience to allow students to gain insights into what it's like to study Education.

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Join Damien Maguire from Liverpool Hope University as he takes you through the foundations of making a Primary School Teacher. Damien will outline what makes a great teacher, looking at key qualities and strategies that help a good teacher excel. Damien also looks at how a teacher can help a pupil achieve, considering their learning environment and their relationships with their peers. Damien will also talk you through some of the key learning needs that you may encounter in a classroom, and how an effective teacher adapts their learning, all before setting you a lesson planning activity that asks you to cater a lesson for all abilities!

About Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope provides students with the best of both worlds; welcoming campuses within easy reach of one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. With a history dating back to 1844, the University is committed to a culture of research informed teaching within an environment that nurtures, supports and empowers students as individuals. The University has state-of-the-art facilities at both its teaching campuses, one of which is entirely dedicated to creative and performing arts. With single honours and one of the widest ranges of combined degrees, students can select their area of study according to their passions and career aspirations.

Meet the academics

Damien Maguire

Damien Maguire is a Professional Tutor in Primary Education at Liverpool Hope University, where he is subject lead for computing and Early Career Teaching. Damien teaches on the undergraduate and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses as well as teaching primary science. After completing an undergraduate degree in  Psychology and working, as a Business Development Manager in web based companies he worked for a number of years as a SEND 1:1 and SEND LSA specialising in working with children with Autism in both special schools and mainstream Primary schools. He then completed a  PGCE in Primary Education and became a primary classroom teacher. His specific interest lies in primary computing and AI developments in Education in particular. Before joining Liverpool Hope University, he worked  in a range of primary schools leading computing, maths and Key Stage 2. Damien has completed an NPQML focusing on the development and  integration of digital portfolios and assessment within computing in primary settings. He has recently begun an MA in Education Leadership and Management and Pedagogy which will focus on the developments of AI in Education.

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