For a second year, St Peter's College will offer its innovative access initiative to schools across the UK, which focusses on providing professional development for teachers. Known as the St Peter’s College Foundation Schools Ambassador Project, the scheme sees the college link up with twelve secondary schools from the state sector across England.
Academics associated with St Peter’s, some of them professors, will work with twelve teachers throughout the year across a range of disciplines, helping them keep up to date with developments in their field. Participating schools will also gain a better understanding of the University admissions process, the college's own identity, and Oxford as a whole.
The teachers taking part in the scheme come from schools in Merseyside and north-east London (both St Peter's link regions), as well as from Bournemouth, Cambridgeshire, Derbeyshire, Hertfordshire, and King's Lynn. A full list of the participating schools and their Oxford mentors can be found at the bottom of this post.
2017 Schools Ambassador, Liam McMenamin, with Iona Richards
Martyn Barker, History teacher from King Edward VII Academy in King’s Lynn, said ‘I have not had the chance to go back to my subject area to build on my own knowledge for such a long time. I’ll be able to demonstrate my renewed passion for history to the pupils'.
Maths teacher, Jonathan Lavelle, at Carmel College in St Helen’s, Merseyside said, 'The programme is an amazing opportunity for teachers to develop the knowledge and resources to bring the gap between A-level and degree level thinking. This should hopefully empower our students with a new passion and confidence in their chosen subjects'.
Reflecting on her participation in the project last year, Kalpana Tadikonda, Religious Studies teacher at King Edward VII Academy in Kings Lynn, said that the scheme was ‘great fun. I gave my mentor the new A Level syllabus, and between us we tackled the new areas of study that I was a little unsure about teaching. It was wonderful to be able to regularly stimulate my brain beyond the everyday of teaching'.
It is hoped that this pilot scheme will run for at least one more year beyond this academic year.
|Carmel College, Merseyside||Jonathan Lavelle||Prof Balazs Szendroi|
|Impington Village College, Cambridge||Amy Brewer||Prof Charles Monroe|
|The John Warner School, Herfordshire||Alex Barnes||Dr Thomas Brodie|
|King David High School, Merseyside||Patrick Walton||Dr Luke Jew|
|King Edward VII Academy, King’s Lynn||Martyn Barker||Dr Thomas Brodie|
|Sacred Heart Catholic College, Merseyside||Laura Baker||Dr Robert Pitkethly|
|St Mary Magdalene, Islington||Mair Roberts||Dr Thomas Marsden|
|The Bourne Academy, Bournemouth||Laura Beardsall||Dr Natalya Din-Kariuki|
|The Ecclesbourne School, Derbyshire||Daniel Kebell||Dr Luke Jew|
|Wirral Grammar School for Boys, Merseyside||David Webb||Prof Mark Moloney|
|Southgate School, Enfield||TBC||TBC|