Support on hand for aspiring teachers

Left to right: Jon Haines, Newcastle University; Dorothy Miles, trainee English teacher; Michelle Olsen-Giles from The Education Network; PGCE students and Wayne Daley also of The Education Network. Picture by Simon Williams/Crest Photography.
Left to right: Jon Haines, Newcastle University; Dorothy Miles, trainee English teacher; Michelle Olsen-Giles from The Education Network; PGCE students and Wayne Daley also of The Education Network. Picture by Simon Williams/Crest Photography.

A group of teachers are being supported in their first steps towards the classroom.

Educational recruitment specialists The Education Network is sponsoring 93 aspiring teachers as they embark on their PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) course at Newcastle University.

In addition to their studies, the trainees will be guided by experienced head teachers and trainers in preparing for a career in the classroom.

They will be invited to participate in workshops where they will hone their skills in writing personal statements, CVs and letters of application and will be shown how to impress in interview situations.

Schools that hire a student through The Education Network will receive a discount for Video Enhanced Observation (VEO), an iPAD app and online resource used worldwide to improve teaching and learning by enabling teachers to video record each other’s work as they interact with children in the classroom.

Wayne Daley, partnership manager at The Education Network, said: “This is ultimately about raising standards in our schools.

“By working closely with Newcastle University, the participating schools and the students themselves we will be able to match outstanding newly qualified teachers with teaching posts available here in the north east.

“The VEO offer is a vitally important aspect of this. As part of its inspection process Ofsted looks very closely at teaching methods and at how schools are using innovation and sharing resources to improve standards.

“VEO is a fantastic tool but the costs of such systems can be prohibitive to schools where budgets are under pressure.

“We’ve made our investment to enable students and their placement schools to retain and revisit the video material as part of their development.”

Jon Haines, Secondary PGCE course leader at Newcastle University, said: “I’m very appreciative of The Education Network’s support for our trainee teachers and VEO.

“This collaboration is seeking to improve the standards of teaching and learning through the ongoing support of our trainees and the promotion of this innovative development tool.

“This will benefit not just our students and the schools that The Education Network is involved with, but most importantly, the pupils that they teach.”

The Education Network, with 13 offices throughout the UK including Newcastle, Cramlington and Durham, works with trainee and qualified teachers, schools and universities to develop skills and resource vacancies with the objective of raising standards of teaching and learning.