23 October 2017
Tyler Olds and Emily Mallett, both 17, of Y Pant Comprehensive, Pontyclun, checking out some chemical concoctions during the taster day
POTENTIAL teachers experienced life as a student during a taster day at the University of South Wales (USW).
More than 85 teenagers attended the event at USW’s Newport Campus – where the university’s teacher training facilities are based – to learn more about what students learn while training for working in a classroom.
The group – which included students from Hawthorn High School in Pontypridd, Coleg Gwent Newport, Blaenau Gwent and Crosskeys, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf in Cardiff, Ysgol y Pant in Pontyclun, and Coleg y Cymoedd – were given talks on what is expected of teachers in both primary and secondary schools, as well as an overview of the courses.
They were also involved in interactive sessions, which included examples of primary teaching physical literacy lessons, using rope, and co-operating to keep balls rolling along guttering, and had a chance to work in USW’s secondary science on-site teaching lab, creating special chemical concoctions.
Lisa Taylor, USW’s Deputy Head of the School Education, Early Years and Social Work, said: “The aim of the day was to give the students some understanding of what is involved when studying to become a primary or secondary school teacher.
“Our courses aren’t just about sitting in a lecture theatre and learning from a book. Teacher training is much more than that, and that’s what we were trying to show them.
“They had a lot of fun learning about what we do here, and the interactive sessions were specifically designed to get them involved.
“Everyone who attended seemed to have a great time – judging by the responses – and we’re glad that they went away having learned more about what’s involved in becoming a teacher.”
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