Author: Ian Wilson


Facebook Live Webinar: Mastery and Q/A

This week we had our second Facebook Live webinar to support NQT/RQTs. Hosted by Louise Whitfield, Linda Mason was featured to provide information and her expertise on Mastery and Helen Price joined the panel...


Ofsted praise for York uni’s teacher training

The Press – a local York newspaper reported on our recent OFSTED inspection. “A UNIVERSITY department responsible for training the next generation of teachers has been given a glowing report by inspectors. Ofsted rated...


Facebook Live!

This week we had a LIVE facebook webinar. The purpose of this was to bring our NQTs up to date with news and documentation as well as answering their questions live. The panel consisted of Peter Raymond, Louise Whitfield and Keither Parker with Ian Wilson dealing with the technical side of things.


Moving on Transition

Well, the students have all left uni now and despite popular belief I am not on holiday from May until September but busy with planning and preparation, research, visiting and working with schools, and getting back into blogging on this site. I am currently enjoying a week working in school alongside teachers on a variety of STEM activities including investigating skittles, creating an eco-classroom and investigating bridges and bug hotels. As well as this, it would appear that many NQT’s are actually heading out into school to work alongside their new classes. These transition hours/days/weeks are very important but there is always that discussion what you should actually do within this time. This seemed to be a perfect opportunity for me to give you some idea which I have done in the past and what I think are the important elements of a transition day.


In search for that elusive job….

This actually leads me onto the topic of this waffle – no, its not about wraps – its about jobs. As I have been writing references it has got me thinking about what would be my advice for searching out, applying for and succeeding in securing that elusive first job.


Studying Abroad – Salzburg Austria

I am well into the swing of my semester abroad in Salzburg, Austria. I am enrolled on an international course at a teaching university (Pädagogische Hochschule Salzburg) which means my class is made up of student teachers from many different European countries and we are taught in English. A diverse class such as this makes for very interesting discussion in my classes especially ‘Challenges and Perspectives in European Education Systems’.


Welcome back and something new…

Hello again. My third blog comes at a time when the university has been restructured. So I cannot call this “HoP’s Highlights” as the University no longer has HoPs (Heads of Programme) and therefore I am no longer Head of programme for Primary Education. Am I therefore out of a job I hear you cry. No. I am now Director of Undergraduate Initial Teacher Education – a bit of a mouthful, I know. I do want to come and talk to each year group about what this means when we are all settled in, but for today, this means I need a new blog title, as “HoP’s Highlights” no longer works.

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10 top tips to my freshers self!

Katie is currently completing the Primary Education Programme and has written a blog post detailing her 10 Top Tips to herself for Freshers’ Week. Definitely worth a read!


Keeping up to date with education.

Education is like the sand on a beach. No, I don’t mean that it is moved along the coast via long shore drift or that it gets into your ‘sandwiches’ or even that it has that annoying habit of getting between your toes and seems impossible to remove! Education, like sand, is always shifting.