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UTC Reading science department inspire PGCE students by developing practical skills

UTC Reading recently hosted six PGCE science students from the University Reading for a two-week enrichment, focused on improving practical skills.

Each year, schools that are involved with the Reading University teacher-training programme can offer a two-week enrichment. This year the science department at UTC Reading decided to run an enrichment developing practical skills in science, having felt that trainee teachers don’t often have the chance to develop these skills throughout their busy training year.

The enrichment week’s aim was to help new teachers develop confidence with running practical sessions and health and safety requirements, in preparation for starting their first teaching posts in September.

Siobhan Tyson, Director of Science at UTC Reading, said: “At the end of two weeks, the trainee students commented that they felt they had been able to explore, experiment and develop their confidence in regards to classroom safety when carrying out whole classroom practicals.

“We hope to run the enrichment fortnight again next year as we feel developing new teachers’ confidence and knowledge in practical skills is vital to engage students in science.”

Student Victoria Rogeon commented: “The enrichment period at UTC has really supported my development. It has given me the opportunity to practice a range of practical skills and procedures and gain confidence. The staff have been extremely supportive and helpful throughout.”

Student Nagla Abdalla said: “I spent a good time at UTC Reading carrying out spectacular and fun practicals and that made me feel more confident using the equipment for when I start my job in September.


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