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Engaging and enabling learners – innovative approaches to learning in Higher Education

Natasha Young shares her ideas on active learning and participatory approaches in Higher Education informed by her work as an early years’ lecturer at UWTSD’s Childhood Youth and Education Institute. Natasha has significant experience working in the early years sector which informs her teaching and research interests in her current lecturing role. Her interests include…

Co-construction: creating relationships for learning across the Welsh education system

Ongoing changes to Wales’ education system are being made against the backdrop of collaboration and policy co-construction. In this insightful blog, Yvonne Roberts-Ablett reflects on her own involvement in the curriculum ‘Pioneer’ process and calls on others to join in the educational reform movement… ‘Co-construction’ is rapidly becoming a key phrase in education in Wales.…

Developing practice through collaboration – recognising the crucial role of mentors in teacher education

In this blog, the first in a series looking at how student-teachers are supported through their journey to becoming a qualified teacher, Laurence Thomas reflects on the benefits of effective mentoring for all those involved… As student-teachers’ second placement approaches (Professional Teaching Experience, hereafter ‘PTE 2’), we celebrate the role of the mentor at this…

Online learning – why aren’t students engaging?

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our education system has been profound and we’re all adapting to new ways of working. Here, Linda Kelly explores the extent to which college students have engaged in online learning…. My current intake of students were mostly born after the year 2000. They are the digital generation. They…

Smiley faces and thumbs-up: Teacher Education’s response to the work of PGCE student reps in the pandemic

Before the moment is lost, staff and student-teachers from the Athrofa: Centre for Teacher Education capture a positive development in practice… Imagine being a student-teacher in a global pandemic.  Whatever was expected about life on an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme has well and truly been re-imagined and re-invented – sometimes with very little notice…