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Chester Uni supports academy's 'futures programme'

The University of Chester is the latest North West organisation to back St Margaret's Academy's 'futures programme'

Posted by Lucinda Reid | April 08, 2017 | School life

Year 10 pupils from St Margaret’s Academy (SMA) visited the University of Chester last week, as they launch their latest ‘becoming a teacher’ series, as part of its ‘futures programme’.

The latest initiative has been launched to help students enhance their CV when it comes to applying for further study courses, with a focus on teacher training.

During the visit, pupils heard from current students on the teaching courses on offer at the university and what is involved in the role of a teacher, as well as practical tips on behaviour management and how to plan a lesson.

The visit follows a talk in school from David Cumberland, Executive Dean of Education and Children’s Services at University of Chester, with further plans to host mock interviews with pupils later this year.   

The programme will conclude with a validation ceremony where pupils will be presented with a certificate of achievement to mark their success.  

Greg McLean, Careers Manager at SMA, said: “Our visit to the University of Chester gave pupils a real insight into the further study teaching courses open to them and what it is like to be a student. Offering students these unique opportunities is fundamental to our careers provision and our latest ‘becoming a teacher’ initiative.”

As one of the country’s leading teacher training providers, the University of Chester’s validation of the programme will add real kudos to the future university or job applications of all pupils involved,” continued Greg. “I am incredibly grateful for the support the university is providing us with, and I hope that our collaboration will continue to offer unparalleled careers provision for pupils now and in the future.”

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