Joint event attended by BEd, PGCE and School Direct PGCE primary student teachers
19th March 2019
On Monday 18th March, our third year BEd students, PGCE Primary students and School Direct PGCE Primary students attended a joint event at Park Campus.
Following some course-specific input during the first part of the morning, all students then joined together for some input on meeting the needs of children in care, some of the most vulnerable learners in our primary schools. Sue Faulkner, from Gloucestershire’s Virtual School(https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/vschool/), delivered a very informative session, developing our knowledge and understanding of issues, strategies and responsibilities, so that our student teachers are now more prepared for meeting the needs of any children in care within their classes. Feedback from students was very positive, with comments such as ‘there was so much useful information – I haven’t taught a child in care yet and until now, I hadn’t fully realised the potential impact this can have on the individual child’.
The afternoon sessions focused on applying for and securing teaching positions. The afternoon began with a lecture delivered by Colin Forster and two of our local primary headteachers, which covered the application process and the interview experience, which could involve a sample lesson, meeting the school council, meeting the staff team, as well as the formal interview. Colin and the headteachers offered lots of good advice, sometimes from differing perspectives; this is always useful, as all schools are different.
Students were then organised into groups, attending seminars on preparing for interviews and accessing opportunities to receive feedback on their personal statements from local headteachers and deputy headteachers, staff from the University’s Careers team and lecturing staff from the School of Education. Students really valued the afternoon’s activities, with comments such as ‘it was fantastic, I feel so much more confident to actually apply for some jobs now’ and ‘the sessions really helped to clarify the whole process, from start to finish’.
We are really grateful to our school partners for volunteering their time to support our student teachers in this way.