Teach the Teachers!
‘Teach the Teachers!’ – Four Year 11 students deliver a teacher training session at the University of Warwick
On Friday 13th March four of our students visited the top-rated University of Warwick to deliver a presentation on the topic of ‘what makes a good teacher?’ to the PGCE students at the university. After months of hard work and rigorous research, the students managed to deliver a training session which was “comparable to the MA level action research the PGCE trainees have recently completed” according to Dr Alison Morgan of the university. She described the students as “delightful” and “a credit” to our school, with their effort and intelligence impressing both her and her group of trainee teachers. The students involved were Olivia Barby, Joe Bancroft, Jordan Emery and Katie Stanyard, all of whom are in Year 11. Their maturity and professionalism were awe-inspiring and they made a real impression on their audience.
The project began several months ago with the establishment of an Edmodo group for More Able Year 11 students where they could share their evaluations of teaching and learning activities at King Edward. Their feedback has been invaluable and has been used in training sessions for staff as well as in the students’ presentation. The contribution of all of the Year 11 students has been very impressive and they should be congratulated for their efforts.
The presentation group concluded that good teachers are dedicated, creative, trustworthy, reliable, understanding, approachable, devoted and enthusiastic. All staff at King Edward strive to fulfil these qualities and we are supported so much by our wonderful students and their families.
The trainee teachers at the university were clearly inspired by our students and took the opportunity to question them on their experiences of lessons and their favourite activities. We were also given the chance to have a discussion based on their area of study that morning: the differences between education in the UK and in the United Arab Emirates, where the university has recently established an international PGCE programme. The debate about the influence of politics on education was lively and our students held their own!
Activities such as this give our college and our students the opportunity to consider the future and make significant links with universities. I am sure that Olivia, Katie, Jordan and Joe will be remembered at the university and that they will all be leafing through Warwick’s prospectus for undergraduate degrees when they begin studying for their A levels in September. Not only was the university a warm, welcoming and incredibly positive place to be but the food at the Warwick Arts Centre was pretty amazing too!
Mrs Wright (Co-ordinator of More and Most Able)