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Free Teaching Taster courses at the University of Cumbria

John Freeman
The University of Cumbria is holding a free three-day introduction to teaching course from the 25 to 27 November at the Lancaster Campus. The course will focus on three areas which are under represented in the teaching profession including black and minority ethnic recruitment into teaching, secondary (STEM) shortage subjects and attracting men into primary teaching.

The event will be launched at the Lancaster House Hotel on Tuesday 25 November from 6-9 p.m. During the evening head teachers, school based staff, student ambassadors, university staff and in excess of 40 visitors from the three key targeted areas will be shown presentations introducing the University, the Faculty of Education and teaching as a career.

"We are keen to recruit 'future teachers' to our high-quality programme in the areas which are under represented," explains Patrich Smith, Partnership Zone Manager at the University of Cumbria, "Whether interested in undergraduate or postgraduate initial teacher training, we look forward to meeting prospective students at the three day event."

Evidence suggests that primary school children benefit greatly from positive male role models in school and that parents and children want to see more male teachers in the classroom. Black and minority ethnic teachers are under represented in British schools despite England being a multi-cultural society. However the teaching profession does not necessarily fully represent our cultural richness. There is also a national shortage of teachers in some specified subject areas like Maths, Science, ICT and Design & Technolog and the university is keen to recruit 'future teachers' to its high-quality primary and secondary programmes.

The three day taster course will let you; meet university tutors, current students and a newly qualified teacher. Experience what it means to be a teacher in school today; take part in an interactive teaching session at the University; visit a local school to observe and talk to practising teachers and pupils; gather information on bursaries and grants available to support you; and receive advice and guidance on how to submit an application.

The University of Cumbria has more than 15,000 students at campuses and sites in Carlisle Ambleside, Penrith, Lancaster, Whitehaven, Barrow and London. It provides a wide range of degree courses in subjects including business, the arts, teaching, nursing, outdoor studies and sport, to name just a few.

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