We had an opportunity to share our small-scale study, “Early Years Teacher Status: Constraints, Implications and Reforms required for a 21st Century Early Years Workforce” with a wide audience of academics and students at the 2nd ECSDN research conference in London on 25th January.
Our study was borne through the enthusiasm of Amy an Early Years Teacher Status Staffordshire University graduate who was passionate about the status of Early Years Teachers who train to work with children aged from birth to 5 years old.
With Guest Speaker Midwife: Sylvia Baddeley
Staffordshire University observed its first (ever) Student Baby Conference on Friday February 8th, 2019. This event had been organised to co-inside with the delivery (pardon the pun) of the Working with Babies Module (0-3 years) and to cover specific topics related to the module. The whole day event was an opportunity for students to engage and experience a conference style presentation, something new for many students.
Our Guest Speaker, Sylvia Baddeley is a Bonding and Attachment Specialist Midwife whose career spans nearly over 39 years; she is a Freelance Lecturer, an eminent speaker and researcher; has (also) worked with Stoke Speaks Out; pioneered Aqua Natal Classes and on top of all that, she still finds time for personal hobbies such as painting; art and local history. And so, it was our privilege to have some an experienced and knowledgeable professional delivering our first ever conference. Continue reading
Our Biological Sciences and Education students have just returned from an action-packed visit to Radboud University in Nijmegen. Radboud University is a student-centered university in The Netherlands, active in almost all scientific fields and with a large Education department. The University benefits from an ‘open climate’ and inspiring environment.
Biological Sciences students spent two days at Radboud visiting their fantastic laboratory facilities including greenhouses and root labs, animal ecology and physiology departments and the University’s zebra fish facility. Students participated in practical laboratory activities including extracting DNA from wastewater samples; discussing their different approaches and methods employed. Continue reading
The level 6 Education Department students kicked off semester 2 with a visit from Martin Burder from The Art of Being Brilliant. We made sure we wore our positive pants and strapped ourselves in for a motivational, inspirational, and emotional ride, and Martin certainly delivered.
We chatted through what it means to be more positive, how we can make daily changes to eventually form healthy habits, and the many benefits this has for us and others.
This year the Education Department supported the Big Biology day with an offering of:
Clay, Snot, Unhealthy Ponds, Minibeast Zone and a Vaccination Clinic. It was great to expand the offering on the day to attract even the youngest of visitors. Continue reading
It strange to think that 3 years ago I was just starting out my journey on BA Hons ECS and now I have graduated with a first-class degree. The road to success has been like a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs, twists and turns but every moment was worth it. As nothing worth having is ever going to be easy. I had to work hard, be dedicated, made sacrifices and faced adversity. And this is what people sometimes don’t see or understand.
Looking back, I never believed I would graduate on the Foundation Degree let alone continue to this higher level on the BA hons top up.
Did I enjoy it? Yes, absolutely.
You have got to want to do your course, motivation and passion for your subject is paramount to success. Time management is really important too, be realistic with how much time you have each week to study and pull in support if you start to consistently compromise this. My husband worked away for the majority of the FD and Top-up, I worked full time and have two busy children. Life is tough to balance, but organise yourself, make those lists, use a planner, set deadlines and put in the time and research. I constantly found myself waiting at a dance class or football training, googling and tweeting information which could be useful and emailing it to myself to refer to, later.
Our very own Dr Claire Kinsella helped out at the recent ‘Plastic Not So Fantastic’ public event, here’s her account of the fabulous occasion:
It now costs just £1 to apply for postgraduate teacher training programmes starting in 2018.
The Department for Education is subsidising the UCAS Teacher Training application fee until the end of July 2018, so apply as soon as possible to benefit from it!
Find out more about postgraduate teacher training options at Staffordshire.
If you’ve already applied and missed out on the new low price £23 will automatically be refunded to you – you don’t need to do anything and will receive an email when the refund is complete.
Recently our Level 6 Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Teacher Status students fundraised for a local SEND Charity Early Years Provision ‘Peter Pan’. A fab time was had by all, enjoying tombola’s and football card prize draw, but more importantly they managed to raise £200! Continue reading