University of Bedfordshire students set to graduate with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) at a conference in June were provided with guidance on how best to make the transition from being students to professional teachers.
Held at the new teaching and learning building at the Bedford Campus, the event was attended by more than 100 soon-to-be teachers, all of whom will bridge the gap between student to teacher this year.
One of the highlights of the afternoon was a talk by Sue Hugo of Worklife Support who advised the attending students on how to “Survive and Thrive” during their NQT year – their first year in teaching. Hugo provided advice on how to maintain a healthy balance between work and life, as well as how best to pin point and avoid any signs of stress.
Simply Education; a supply teacher agency, was also in attendance alongside the University’s Careers & Employability Service. This service informs and guides students on how to ensure they get the most out of their degrees in order to stand a better chance of securing employment when they conclude their studies.
The budding graduates were provided with helpful goodie bags upon their departure, with the contents of each bag consisting of memory sticks, tips and advice on how to approach their initial year of teaching. Students that were studying Primary Educational Courses were able to register for a free pack, containing books and stationery among other teaching resources.
Juliet Fern, Head of Teacher Education at the University said: “The event was organised by our NQT coordinator; Kate Hudson and was a huge success. We have many events throughout the year to support our newly qualified teachers. We work with schools and Local Authorities in partnership to provide advice and guidance in this important first year into the profession.” The feedback and responses the event garnered were of a similar nature, with 100% of attendees saying the event was useful. As a result of the events success there are now further conferences in the pipeline for the near future.
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