Senedd celebration for education partnership

Cllr Debbie Wilcox, leader of Newport City Council, Llanwern Head Teacher Rob King, Chair of Governors Ann Lewis, and John Griffiths AM, with the Llanwern pupils during the Senedd visit.  Neil Gibson, October 2017

Cllr Debbie Wilcox, leader of Newport City Council, Llanwern Head Teacher Rob King, Chair of Governors Ann Lewis, and John Griffiths AM, with the Llanwern pupils during the Senedd visit.

 

PUPILS from a Newport school went to the heart of the Welsh Government as part of an event to celebrate an educational partnership.

The group from Llanwern High School was shown around the Senedd in Cardiff Bay by John Griffiths AM, who represents Newport East in the National Assembly.

At the event, Mr Griffiths explained that the trip was organised to mark the partnership between Llanwern High School and the University of South Wales (USW), which is giving student teachers training in a real-life school environment.

As part of the scheme, USW Design and Technology student teachers undertake a significant part of their initial teacher education at Llanwern High School, using workshops, classrooms, preparation spaces and specialist machinery at the school. As the partnership develops, student teachers and teachers will be working even more closely together, with cutting-edge resources from USW, such as a 3D printer and CAD sewing machine, being used to support learning in classes.

As part of the reciprocal agreement, Year 11 Llanwern High School pupils have attended USW’s Newport City Campus, where initial teachereducation is based, for GCSE Maths and English revision sessions, led by both Llanwern High School staff and USW student teachers. As well as supporting their study, this also introduces pupils to a university environment.  A senior member of University staff is also part of the governing body for the school.

“Our partnership with Llanwern High School, is something that we are very proud of, and just one example of our deepening collaboration with a wide range of partners,” said Jamie James, the Head of USW’s School of Education, Early Years & Social Work.

“As we look ahead to reforms in education that will be introduced in Wales in 2019, requiring student teachers to be immersed in the school experience where they can undertake observation, practice, reflection and enquiry-based research, arrangements like this will become even more important.”

Further work on the partnership will see staff from both institutions collaborating on curriculum development, day-to-day operations of the partnership, health and safety training, and continuous professional learning and development.

“We are delighted to be working with USW on this, and have already seen the benefits it brings. Four of our students have already gone on to become undergraduates at the university and we’re going to build on this success to open up university education to more of our youngsters,” explained Mr King.

“This partnership is a strong example of how we are looking forward not just to policy reforms but also the demands on schools and initial teacher education providers in the future.”“This partnership is a strong example of how we are looking forward not just to policy reforms but also the demands on schools and initial teacher education providers in the future.”

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