Steyning students lecture Brighton University trainee teachers
28th September 2016

On 19th September a group of Steyning Grammar School Year 11 students visited Brighton University to give a lecture to 160 trainee teachers on ‘Great Teacher, Great Lesson’.

This event was organised as part of the Brighton University Postgraduate Certificate of Education programme for trainee teachers, preparing them for working with students across Sussex and further afield. This is the third time that this valued session has been arranged with this year’s event being held in the Asa Briggs Lecture Theatre at the Falmer Site Campus. Year 11 Steyning students Adwah Perez-Taylor, Millie Fraser, James Adeosun, Hannah Wadey and Leo Ghorishi represented the school. 

This year’s students showed great courage in presenting in front of so many prospective teachers, speaking openly and honestly about their experience in education. We hope that this experience will have inspired them to value their education and to aim higher for further education themselves. The students taking part were buzzing with enthusiasm after the event and all gained a lot of confidence from this unique experience.

The students all had varying opinions on what makes a great teacher. Adwah believes that:

"You can't be a good teacher without being a good person." Leo commented that: "The teachers I learn from the most are the ones who are most passionate about their subjects, it's more inspiring for the students."

Kevin Mason, Head of Year 11, accompanying the students said:

"We are incredibly proud of our students - they were confident, articulate and showed maturity well beyond their years to talk in front of 160 trainee teachers. They were a credit to the school and a credit to the reputation of teenagers everywhere."

Tom Newlands, Postgraduate Secondary Programme Leader commented:

“The students were a real tribute to their school.  Our trainees found this to be one of the best sessions yet in their Education Studies programme.  It was a great opportunity to hear student voice and listen to what they understood by great teaching. Our trainees were impressed by how articulate your students were and so well prepared for their presentations. Their ability to reflect on learning and to answer questions was impressive.  Out trainees are now even more excited about getting into the classroom and inspiring young people.”

Nick Wergan, Headteacher, Steyning Grammar School valued this opportunity for students and said:

“We are very grateful to Brighton University for giving our students the chance to develop their character with their lecture today. As always, our students were great ambassadors for the school, and showed the grit and zest that are the mark of our Steyning Family.”

Tom Newlands has already invited Steyning Grammar School students back again next year, so this event seems set to be a regular learning opportunity for yet another group of trainee teachers and Steyning students alike.

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