Students and pupils collaborate for 80s extravaganza

The Certificate of Higher Education, Introduction to Secondary Teaching students have been helping the youngsters, who are studying BTEC Construction at Llanwern School, to build wooden cubes that will be used in the ‘Back to the 80’s show’ . Neil Gibson

Llanwern School teacher Richard Parcell, USW students Katie Ryan-Jeffreys, Abbie Langshaw and Megan Thurston, USW lecturer Andrew Harper (back), and Llanwern School pupils Garryn Goodwin, Iwan Williams, and Charlie Hiscock, all 14. 


University of South Wales (USW) students are joining pupils at a Newport school to help build props for a special performance.

The Certificate of Higher Education, Introduction to Secondary Teaching students have been helping the youngsters, who are studying BTEC Construction at Llanwern High School, to build wooden cubes that will be used in the ‘Back to the 80’s show’ , which is being held at the school on February 8 and 9.

USW was approached by the school for help to produce the props, with the partnership also supporting the students with their studies.

“This is a great collaborative opportunity for our students to get first-hand experience of working in a school and improving their classroom skills,” said Andrew Harper, USW Senior Lecturer.

“The show needs wooden cubes, so we worked with the school from the start of the project, including completing a risk assessment, getting the USW students to present the requirements to the pupils, and then working together to build them.”

“The students have then supervised the whole thing – the health and safety, the production methods, how to work with the hand tools and machinery, and making the project at the end.”

The practical experience is one of the vital components of the students’ study, Andrew added.

“USW prides itself on teaching essential skills that our undergraduates can use when they finish studying and go into employment,” he said.

“The partnership with Llanwern is just one example of how this operates, and the students really appreciate being able to put their learning into action.”

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