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6 February 2024

A Trainee's Blog Post...

This blog post has been written by one of our trainee teachers who is currently on our 2023-2024 cohort. At this point in the year, the trainees have completed their first placement and are in the midst of a two-week training block with us at KNSTE before embarking on placement 2. 

 

I can’t…

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3 January 2024

The importance of EAL pedagogy in supporting all learners

The importance of EAL pedagogy in supporting all learners

 

As England has increasingly become a country of rich diversity and culture, our schools now reflect this with the latest government data reporting that 22.0% of primary pupils in 2022-2023 had a first language known or believed to…

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22 November 2023

Mankind owes the child the best that it has to give (The Geneva Declaration 1924)

Mankind owes the child the best that it has to give (The Geneva Declaration 1924)

 

 

Are you a collector? A diary writer? A journal keeper? We do this to record and capture happy and challenging times. I keep a journal of quotes or lyrics that mean or have meant something to me. I enjoy…

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23 October 2023

In Praise of TAs!

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I work with an amazing group of colleagues without whom our school could not function – the Teaching Assistants (TAs).  They prompt, clue, model and correct all day long to support teachers to deliver the curriculum, as well as everything else. What does their day…

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29 September 2023

KNSTE Trainee Teacher Blog

I am just now starting Week 5 of the KNSTE Initial Teacher Training, and it has gone so quick! I was in my first placement school for a week right at the beginning of the school term where I could focus on observing how my class teacher set expectations, got to know the children, and established…

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8 September 2023

Starting a Teacher Training Course

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Are you thinking of training to teach?

Have you always wanted to be working in a classroom environment?

Are you looking for a change in career for the 23/24 academic year?

 

You may be wondering what you need to do first to get your application…

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10 July 2023

P4C in a diverse environment – an EAL perspective from Summerbank Primary Academy

A voice for everyone

Teachers from Summerbank Primary Academy had early misgivings about Philosophy for Children (P4C). Back in 2018 they joined colleagues from across The Societas Trust (a multi-academy trust in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent) – for Level 1 training. Summerbank had, and…

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23 May 2023

Cohort 22-23

Our 22-23 cohort have had a busy year to date! Since starting with us last September there has been so much happening both in the Bungalow and in their placement schools!

 

Right at the beginning of the year, on the first day of term, placement 1 begins and our trainees are starting in…

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27 February 2023

Every Teacher is a Language Teacher

Every teacher is a language teacher – supporting EAL learners in the classroom

 

Since the nineteenth century Britain has been a multicultural country, greatly benefitting from diversity in its people, cultures and communities. Today, many British cities are what is described as…

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6 February 2023

Why KNSTE chose to engage with apprenticeships.

Why KNSTE chose to engage with apprenticeships

At  Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education (KNSTE) our vision statement is ‘rooted in evidence, reaching for excellence’ (www.knste-shaw.org.uk) With this mind we are continually looking to develop our capabilities in a way that…

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28 November 2022

What if you stopped trying to do everything? (A different perspective on time management).

Regularly, our perceived biggest problem is our obsession with our lengthening to-do lists, our overfilled inboxes and the guilty feeling that we are not getting enough done. We must control the ultimate time management problem – how best to get everything done.

Let’s put this into perspective.…

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11 November 2022

If you could bottle something...

Human Kindness — [vinegar & brown paper]If you could bottle something nebulous, what would it be? In the KNSTE office there is an image of a bottle of Human Kindness, but you might wish to bottle the essence of a loved one, a ray of sunshine for those dark, cold, wintry nights we’re facing (with the central heating turned down low) or a…

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