Dartmouth Academy 'Future Teachers' inspired by Exeter conference
Dartmouth Academy Sixth Form students could be thinking about a career in teaching after an inspiring visit to the ‘Future Teachers’ conference in Exeter.
The eight students were part of 120 young adults who are considering a future career in teaching. The event was organised by the South West Teaching Schools Alliance and held at the Flybe Training Academy in Exeter Airport.
The students were treated to speeches, activities and special seminars to show them exactly how they could help and inspire others by following a career in teaching. They looked at which teachers had inspired them and then broke down the qualities a good teacher has to have to bring out the best in their students. They even got the chance to ‘hot seat’ a trained teacher about what it takes to become fully trained and how to be the best.
Working with mixed groups from other schools this was a real challenge for the students, but they took it all in their stride. They all identified the skills a teacher needs to succeed, including enthusiasm, knowledge, dedication and empathy.
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The conference also provided the delegates with a chance to find out information on the different routes in to teaching, with local providers such as Exeter University, Plymouth University, Marjons and Devon SCITT on hand to answer questions and present information around the length of courses and time spent in school training.
Dartmouth Academy Vice Principal Nick Bowles said: “The students were mixed with other schools and had to get to know and operate with people who they had only just met. This challenged their communication and organisational skills - and they all did incredibly well.
“The students have returned to the Academy eager to arrange work experience opportunities through supporting lessons or helping run extra-curricular activities in the Academy itself. They will also take part in planned activities during the year, which will enhance their knowledge and understanding of the role of a teacher. The final activity will be to take some small group sessions next summer and actually teach a planned sequence of lessons. We are pleased to be able to support and help them practically to gain the skills they need to become the next generation of inspiring teachers.”