Teachers refreshed by university networking

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More than 250 teachers from across the UK refreshed their subject knowledge at a series of A-level teacher conferences hosted by Sheffield University.

Teachers from schools in Sheffield, from across Yorkshire and from as far afield as Somerset, the Isle of Wight and even Switzerland attended conferences in archaeology, modern languages and cultures, English, history and philosophy.

Each conference organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities offered a unique opportunity for teachers to enjoy a series of subject specific seminars and gain an insight into how the university has developed its teaching in recent years.

Delphine Wilkinson from Sheffield’s Tapton School attended the modern languages event and said: “This has been a great and rare opportunity to bridge the gap between what happens at A-level and what happens at university.

“This has revitalised my enthusiasm for teaching French to my students at school and I want to go back and enthuse them to carry on the subject beyond A-level. The networking with other teachers is an essential and valuable part of the day.”

Each seminar was based on an area of research which links directly to topics in the current A-level syllabus.

Teachers were able to return to school able to bring classroom subjects to life by discussing research projects at the university.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Jackie Labbe said: “At our university we have seen unprecedented interest in our conferences and are delighted that they have been so well-received.

“Not only have we had excellent feedback about their value in enhancing what teachers offer in the classroom but we are able to develop new partnerships with schools up and down the country.

“As a university we are keen to build relationships with schools as we have much to offer them to support their teaching,” Professor Labbe added.