Students from Palmer’s College were joined by the Mayor of Thurrock this week to celebrate the completion of the Preparing to Teach Taster Programme.
The programme, led by Thurrock Teaching School Alliance, is in its third year, with plans for a fourth programme in place for September at Palmer’s College.
Students with an interest in becoming a teacher are invited to join the programme to gain an insight into the teaching profession. Arranged over six months, the enrichment programmes gives participants the opportunity to visit a number of Thurrock schools, and this year included St Clere’s School, East Tilbury Primary School, Stifford Clays Primary School, Treetops School and Beacon Hill Academy among many others.
Students were also given the opportunity to teach micro-lessons to groups of students at William Edwards School and also at Little Thurrock Primary School. A variety of workshops on different aspects on teaching and learning were led by teachers from local schools, and the students were also able to visit Canterbury Christchurch University to learn further about the routes into teaching.
Maria Stevens, Director of Thurrock Teaching School Alliance, said “It’s been an honour to work with so many determined and capable students, and I have been incredibly impressed by the students’ perceptiveness and judgement at such an early stage. I very much hope they fulfil their ambitions of becoming teachers, and that they will eventually take up teaching roles in our local schools.”
If you are interested in supporting this programme or would like more information about becoming a teacher, please contact Gillian McLoughlin on 01375 486000 Ext 609