Sixth Formers are starting their primary and lower school placements this week after completing a series of training sessions to enable them to be more effective in the classroom.
The students all opted to complete lower school mentoring or a primary placement as part of their IEC diploma where students extend their studies or carry out community work on Wednesday afternoons for the remainder of this academic year.
As well as previous tuition in numeracy, literacy and safeguarding, the students learned about phonics in a session delivered by Sarah Colver, a teacher from Oakley Vale primary school.
She said: ‘It gave an overview of what phonics is, to become familiar with some of the phonics terminology and to have some confidence that when they go into the classrooms they can participate and support the children, not only with phonics but also in writing as well. The students are brilliant but this training that you are putting in place will make them more confident.’
Sixth Former Marcus Stanforth said: ‘We have learned about how to implement numeracy and literacy and how to teach it because as we are quite old now we have forgotten how we developed those skills. I will be doing lower school mentoring working with Year 7s and I want to be either a maths or English teacher.’
Louise Manning, who has got a placement at a local primary school, said: ‘I liked learning about phonics because I wasn’t entirely sure about it beforehand so this session has definitely helped.’