How to prepare for Primary Education with QTS at Edge Hill 👩🏽‍🎓

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Hello!

September is edging closer and closer, and while I urge you to enjoy this time off as much as possible it is important to keep in mind that you are soon going to be a university student and organisation is absolutely paramount. If you are going into the Primary Ed course then look out for summer tasks as last year we had a pre-course summer booklet to work through. I am unsure if this is the case this year but do check. We did use them in our first few weeks – especially the reading.

Read read read:
Whether or not you have a pre-course booklet or whether or not it is included in any task you receive, you must read some children’s books over the summer.  It was part of our summer task but then ended up being part of a requirement for the English subject: to read 10 children’s books. If you can get a head start during the summer then do that, you will thank yourself later – trust me!
These are some great ones to start with:

Books

Get onto Pinterest and start looking at teaching ideas:
If you haven’t heard of Pinterest then I may be about to change your life. Pinterest is a sort of social network where you can find inspiration and ideas for hobbies and stuff, however, if you just type in ‘teaching’ you will be bombarded by hundreds and thousands of teaching ideas. It is important not to become a ‘Pinterest teacher’ where you can’t make anything up from your own creativity but it’s great to go on and find some inspiration.  I would have a look before you come on the course and before your first placement!

Click the image below to have a quick look at some ideas ☺️

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Social Media and EduTwitter:
When you arrive in September the tutors will talk to you about your social media presence and how it all needs to be privatised and carefully checked to ensure you aren’t being unprofessional. I can’t stress how important this is because teachers from your placement will absolutely check your social media before you arrive so making a good impression is important.

Tutors will also direct you to Twitter, EduTwitter to be precise. This is kind of like Pinterest but on a different format. It’s teachers helping other teachers. There is a lovely welcoming atmosphere to trainees, which to be honest with you I didn’t expect, but they all want to help. So set yourself up a new professional account and get involved in teacher twitter. Follow me on Twitter if you are interested and I will contact you with more advice in this area!
https://twitter.com/EHUMissWindross

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Thanks for reading! Hope to see you in September ☺️

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Why Did I Chose Edge Hill?

Some of you may be aware that I moved over to Edge Hill University from Northern Ireland which is similar for a lot of people in my course and at Edge Hill in general.

 

So, why did I choose to move all the way over for my course in primary teaching when I could have stayed in the comfort of my own home where all my surroundings and people were comforting and familiar? We will take that as my first point;

For the longest time, I was very much a creature of habit. I took great comfort in knowing where I was and the fact that everything in my life stayed exactly the same was very satisfying. It wasn’t until I was completing my A-Levels, did I realise that I needed a change in my life that would push me to become more independent and, in fear of sounding corny, to ‘find myself.’ I think that moving away from home to somewhere completely new to me was the best thing for me and Edge Hill was the best place to start.

The second reason why I chose Edge Hill was because, not going to lie, the campus was beautiful. As you might have gathered, I need to be comfortable in my surroundings and so Edge Hill was the perfect spot for me in terms of environment and location. It was big, but not so big that it was overwhelming and it was located right next to a small town which was so important to me as I am not a city girl in the slightest. Image result for edge hill university

The final reason why I chose Edge Hill was because of the course it offered me. My original first choice was Bath Spa University but I realised that the course that was offered there may not be best suited for me. The Primary Teaching course at Edge Hill University allowed me to finish the course within 3 years and offered me so much opportunity to expand my practice in the profession which in the long run, would benefit me so much! And I am so glad that I did choose this course as it has provided me with so much knowledge and opportunities that I did not know that I needed.


There you go! That was 3 reasons why I chose to study at Edge Hill University rather than be in my lovely Ireland. The experience of moving has been crazy and filled with so many memories that I will never forget and I can say truthfully that I have no regrets about moving so far away!

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

-Walt Disney-

Life after Edge Hill

Hi everyone,

Something that has been on my mind a lot at the minute is what am I going to do once I have graduated?

For me, I think I will be attending a different university to do a Masters degree as it is closer to where I am from but I will be so sad to be leaving Edge Hill!

Its so important to remember that we don’t need to figure out a definite plan just yet. There are so many options available to graduates from internships, postgraduate courses, scholarships as well as so many graduate schemes. Even if you don’t have job lined up straight after graduation there’s no pressure, you could even get a job just to pay the bills whilst you figure out what you would like to do!

Edge Hill offers lots of postgraduate courses which you can see below:

Postgraduate Courses

These include, postgraduate certificates and diplomas as well as Masters and Phd degrees!

A really useful tip I have found is the website prospects! It is so brilliant for helping to find graduate jobs as well as providing lots of advice for graduates. You could also find a job profile for a role that you find appealing and it will tell you about entry requirements, salarys, daily tasks and how you could progress within certain roles.

The best thing to do as well is their career quiz in which you answer a series of questions based on your interests and what you are good at! It identifies jobs that match your personality so it is really useful!

https://www.prospects.ac.uk

I hope you found this helpful!

Ellie x

Primary Teaching Interviews

Hello again!

After recently being successful at an interview for a local teaching position, I thought I would collect a few handy tips that helped me when applying for post-grad jobs! 

Be yourself

I have learned that most people can see straight through anyone who is pretending to be someone they are not. The school are not looking for the ‘perfect teacher.’ They are looking for the teacher that is perfect for THEIR school. Be yourself, have general chit-chat and do not forget to smile!

Don’t be disheartened

This is the most important thing to remember. You may go through 10 interviews before finding the right school for you and do NOT settle. When everyone appears to be gaining jobs around you try not to panic. It is better to wait and find school fit for you, rather than rush into anything that may not be as good for you further down the line.

Talk about experience

At interviews, it can be really useful to relate each of your points to experience form professional practice or pre-university placements. It is easy to make random statements but what you say must be backed up. I also found it easier to answer questions when thinking about my personal teaching background.

Think about each step

Your interview might consist of teaching tasks or observations, so it is important to consider different possibilities. If you are asked to teach a lesson, ensure there is time for discussion, a clear learning outcome and 2 or 3 printed lesson plans to hand to your observers. Although it may be unnecessary, it will hopefully demonstrate your organisation and planning.

Seek out opportunities

NQT pools can bring about opportunities that you do not expect. By having your name added to a local teaching pool, schools can contact you directly if they see you as a potential candidate for their teaching post. I definitely recommend joining at least one. it can also be beneficial to visit the school before sending off your application form. This will allow you to speak to members of staff, observe children’s work and get a general feel for the school. If you end up loving a school you visit, they are likely to remember you when shortlisting applicants.

Use advice from Edge Hill

And finally… use the support that Edge Hill provides! On learning edge there is currently an employability tab for third years. This consists of all the useful information that has been discussed in lectures, in addition to a powerpoint chronologically outlining the application process for supply work, NQT pools and direct teaching jobs.

Thank you for reading and wishing you all the very best! Speak soon,

Advice for starting University in September 👩🏽‍🎓

I had now officially finished my first year and it’s so strange to me that I’m technically no longer a first-year student. I was reflecting on everything that has happened over the past year and I’d like to offer some advice if you are starting out this September…

Be prepared, but don’t burn yourself out:
I came to University as a 22-year-old, so the course and everything I was doing was something I was and am desperately passionate about. This meant that the run-up to Septemeber I was doing all  I could to make sure I had everything ready and even the freshers week I was in the library trying to get ahead. As conscientious as this was, you will burn out quickly. Pace yourself.

Get involved:
The wonderful thing about moving to university is that you basically get a fresh slate. All those things you said you’d do at the start of the year you can start again now! I started doing Yoga again and went to the gym and I got involved with a network of students looking to tackle sustainability in schools. There are so many amazing opportunities here at Edge Hill and I really urge you to get involved as much as you can at the start of the year. Your timetable may get busy and you may not be able to do everything you want but at least you can find what fits right with you.

Don’t bring too much:

I made this mistake. I brought so much with me to Uni, but it was unavoidable for me, if I had a choice I would have left half of it at home. It’s nice to bring some things from home to keep things cosy but too much just makes the room feel small and you may start to feel a little cramped. Also, in term of the communal area: get onto Facebook groups. They were so helpful before starting University. Our flat were communicating through Facebook Messenger before we started and we all talked about what we were going to bring. Nobody needs 8 bottles of Fairy Liquid in the first week, do they!

Lastly…
When people said to me: ‘You will have the time of your life and meet friends for life’ I always rolled my eyes but now, I can’t agree more. I definitely have met people that I’ll have for life and that first year, as fast as it was, will be once I cherish forever. My point here is to enjoy yourself as much as you can. Some days may be more stressful than others but those days just make you appreciate the good even more.

I hope, if you’re coming to Edge Hill in Septemeber, that you are as excited as I was because trust me, it is everything I imagined and more! Hope to see you soon!

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Welcome Sunday

Hello friends! How are you? I hope all of your revision and exams are going well.

I have  moved out of my university house but it’s not really sunk in. People tell you how wonderful it is to meet and get to know your flat mates, but no one tells you how hard it is to leave them. Moving out took a few trips because my whole life was in that house! It got me thinking of some handy tips that might help you when it comes to moving in your first year accommodation!

On Welcome Sunday, make sure you bring the essentials. Even if you won’t be going home until second term, when you return to university you can bring the other things that didn’t fit in your car the first time round!

For me, plastic boxes were a godsend. You can get cheap ones at places like ikea. I found them really useful to transport items such as crockery. When I first moved in, I brought 4 sets of crockery – I don’t know what I was thinking!! I would say 2 big plates, 1 small plate, 1 bowl, 2 glasses and 2 mugs are a good amount. I ended up using and washing the SAME pieces of crockery so barely any of it.

Student guides will be there to help you because it can be a struggle to get things up and down stairs a few times. The edge hill student guides who helped us were amazing, so definitely ask for help instead of breaking your backs.

That’s all for now… but I’m sure I have plenty more tips in my head if you have any more questions about Welcome Sunday! Have a great week,

Moving Out

Hi guys, considering it’s what most students will be doing around this time, I thought it would be a good idea to  talk about moving out of accommodation for the summer and what to expect when it’s your time to do the same.

Whether you live on or off campus you will probably be expected to have the place tidy for when you leave, obviously out of courtesy but also because it’s usually in the contract to leave the place in the state you first found it and naturally you would want to avoid any possible dispute. This can be tedious, especially if your room’s a bit of a mess come summer time after being bogged down in work but just take it step by step and you should end up with a floor you can actually see! I always take photographs of the place before I leave just in case any issues arise afterwards you can say “yes it was left tidy”.

Throwing away food will probably be necessary, in my experience no matter how hard I tried I always ended up having to throw away food because I keep buying stuff. Just make sure you  make sure it needs to be thrown away, certain stuff can be fine to keep onto next year if your in the same flat. Additionally if you are in  uni halls it’s worth offering spare food to your flatmates who may be staying longer, who can argue with free food?

In terms of travel, coming from Northern Ireland I have brought stuff back by car on the boat as I have too much stuff to take on the plane so that will be an option for some if you live somewhere overseas.  If you don’t have that option there are moving companies which will transport your boxes of stuff for a fee.

Also, if living on campus you have to let the uni know when your leaving and most importantly remember to drop your keys off to the security hut, or if off campus, return to the estate agents/landlord.

Hope this helps, thanks for reading.

Jordan

 

First Year over! :)

 

 

Hi Everyone! Hope you’re well and have had a good week.

I know right now alot of people have either finished their course or are right on the edge of finishing, just needing that final push towards the end. I handed in my final assignment last Thursday and can’t explain how good it feels to be done after all the slaving away for the past few months. When I first finished, I just slept the full Friday to celebrate!                                                                                  Since then I have been keeping myself busy and my plan was to stay on campus for a few weeks before I go back home for summer- but I have come back home for a couple of weeks before I return with my parents to fully move out- but more of that in my next post!  In this blog I’m going to talk about finishing my first year and 3 mains things I have learnt when being at Edge Hill since September.

Independence!                                                                                                                                            With the countless amount of responsibilities that comes with moving out and going to uni, you really do gain alot of maturity and independence! Many jobs including budgeting, cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping and keeping on top of all uni work- just to name a few! The responsibilities are endless! So when faced with all these responsibilities, it is an instinct to do what we need to do! It can be so difficult to get everything done- but something really important that I’ve learnt within this first year is just to try your best, that’s all you can do. I’ve learnt there are always people around you who are there to help and a phone call home or to friends really helps!

Productiveness and Motivation!                                                                                                I have always been a procrastinator, and when I know i have something  I need to do, but don’t want to (like the laundry or washing up or an assignment that I don’t know how to start) I will do virtually everything else I can to put off doing it! Anything! Like going to an exercise class, having a nap , watching a film, going on a night out..! The list is never ending! But during this first year at Edge Hill, I’ve really learnt if I don’t do it, it just won’t get done! I have enjoyed writing to do lists and meal plans and put everything on the list. Even things like having meals or meeting friends or watching an episode of something as well as starting an assignment as it means I will be more likely to do it! I find that motivating myself by almost bribing myself with things I want to do, makes my goals more achievable.

Confidence and trust in yourself and others!                                                                      During my first year, I have met friends that I know I will keep for life and meeting new people has required confidence and trust! Being confident to make the leap with meeting new people and being yourself is so important- and how you meet like minded friends. And having that trust in others is important too! You have to remember that everyone at uni is in the same boat, everyone is nervous and doesn’t know what’s going to happen, but by being friendly and being yourself- everyone will be happy! Your happiness is so important so making decisions and being safe in situations you are comfortable is key!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog and it has given you an insight into three important life skills I have learnt in my first year at Edge Hill! Please comment if you have any questions, I hope to hear from you soon.

Alice! 🙂

 

End of Year 2 Review

Just like that I’ve come to the end of my second year at Edge Hill University, something which I can’t quite believe yet, no idea where all the time has gone.

As i finished up the last of my work for the year it suddenly occurred to me that I only have one year left before I have to venture out into the real world, both a terrifying and exciting prospect, (mostly the former).  Anyway, since I have finished it’s probably the best time to do a review and to give a taster of what’s to come if you have just finished first year.

Second year for me brought about a new set of modules, three compulsory and three to choose from a selection. Looking back I am reasonably happy with my module choices opting for a balance of practical and theory work, my only advice would be to pick what you think you can do best in, read module handbooks etc. in order to make the best decision.

The biggest thing I had to look out for was the fact all my coursework was now actually counting towards my grade, 40% to be exact. I would have preferred a 50/50 split but oh well. First year at least allowed me to in a sense practice the different types of coursework I would need to do so when this year came around I knew what I was doing which was definitely helpful. Overall I am satisfied with the work I submitted and urge anyone looking forward to make sure you are as well because you will feel a lot better knowing you put the effort in no matter how it turns out.

Overall I found my second year to be a reasonably low-key affair as there wasn’t anything particularly crazy going on within it. I was mostly just focused on preparing for next year and graduation and getting my work done, I also secured a job within the SU Subway which is an extra bit of income and experience. I think there’s an expectation to do so much all the time as a student, when really as long as you achieved what you wanted to and feel you spent your time well during the year then does the rest really matter? I suppose it’s up to you. Till next time!thinking

Jordan

Things You Thought You Wouldn’t Need at University…

Hey everyone, in today’s blog, I thought I would dedicate it to all the things people do not tell you to bring to university but you will really need.

I got these ideas from my friend who is the kind of person who, if you asked her for something that you didn’t  have, she will most likely have it and so, I hope that you find something on this list that makes you think, “I would have never thought to bring that.”


  1. Screwdriver – I know, you may not think that you need this in the flat but there have been occasions that this has come in really handy. For example, trying to open a remote to put new batteries in, which leads me nicely into my next point…
  2. Spare Batteries – there is nothing worse than trying to switch on the television for movie night and finding that the batteries need replaced but, now thanks to this list, you can be the saviour of the flat.
  3. Whisk – before coming to university and living in accommodation, I never picked up a whisk in my life. However, as they say, university is full of first experiences. Additionally, whisks can come in very handy on pancake Tuesday or very impromptu baking which, happens more often than you think especially during The Great British Bake-Off.
  4. Whiteboard – these are a really great thing to have in the flat for keeping score on game nights, planning out meals for the week and to write out a chore list…
  5. Cards – never forget to buy a card for your loved ones again. Buy yourself a box of cards for many occasions and keep them in your room.
  6. Burn cream – I think that this one is self-explanatory…always cook safely guys.
  7. Blow up bed – these came in so handy when we wanted to have a movie night in the flat and wanted to sit altogether. Get one with a pump so that you can put it away and put it back up again when you need to use it.
  8. Sewing Kit – this is one of those things that you really think you won’t need but you just never know.
  9. Blanket – again, taking this out on a movie night in the common room can really make the difference to a night in.
  10. Cough syrup – all I need to say about this is…freshers week.

 


And there it is, the ten things that people think they do not need to bring to university but you really should.

I hope you enjoyed, see ya next time.

Lauren x

“I will prepare and some day, my chance will come.”

-Abraham Lincoln-