A former IBM executive is to begin teaching at a Hastings secondary school this year as part of a programme to train older professionals to become teachers. Nicola Bolton, 54, from Bexhill, is to begin her teacher training at Ark William Parker with Now Teach, a charity which specialises in bringing late stage career changers into the profession.A cancer survivor, who worked for the computer giant for 22 years before a 13-year civil service career, Ms Bolton decided last year that she wanted to ‘give back and nurture future superstars’.She said: “I’m motivated by inspiring young people to achieve their potential. I think everyone deserves the right to be the best they can be. “In 30 years of business, I’ve seen young people marginalised because they appear to lack the basic skills needed to get on in life: sometimes through lack of confidence, sometimes lack of education.”Now Teach offers vacancies in Hastings for maths, science and language … [Read more...] about Bexhill ex-executive to train as Hastings teacher
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Local students - Hayley Thompson, Sarah Ann McCullough and Rachael Jess - bagged a hat-trick of prestigious awards for outstanding academic achievement from Stranmillis University at the College’s recent Awards Ceremony. Hayley picked up The Kathleen McSherry Prize, which is awarded to the highest achieving student in Early Childhood Studies. Hayley, from Banbridge, is a former pupil of Ballydown Primary School, and Banbridge High School and Banbridge Academy.The Robert Simpson Award is awarded to the final year student who is adjudged to have made the greatest contribution to the Music Department. The Award this year was won by Sarah Ann McCullough from Dromore. Sarah is an ex-pupil of Dromore Central Primary School and Friend’s School, Lisburn.Completing the trio, Rachael was awarded the Mahon Prize for the student who obtained the highest percentage of marks in the final examinations on the B.Ed Primary Education degree. Rachael was a pupil at Bridge Integrated Primary … [Read more...] about A hat-trick of academic awards for local trio of trainee teachers
Teesside is suffering from a ‘brain drain’ of workers as four in 10 students take up jobs outside the North-east within six months of graduating. In a bid to encourage people to stay on Teesside, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen wants to turn ‘brain drain’ into ‘brain gain’. Mr Houchen supports three main ‘brain gain’ policies which aim to spark a ‘digital revolution’ across Teesside. The policies include: - An audit of unused public sector buildings which could be converted into low-cost officers for start ups. - Universities to allow students to form start up businesses in their buildings after graduation - Allowing Apprenticeship Levy funds to be used for retraining people returning to work after a period of unemployment Mr Houchen has spent time at his former school, Conyers in Yarm, encouraging students to study languages at university. The Gazette spoke to nine young people who grew up on Teesside. Some decided to build … [Read more...] about Jobs, cash and quality of life: Why do so many leave Teesside?
The SATs – a British standardised testing system which children take twice during their academic lives – are a quality control measure to ensure that at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 (years two and six) parents can be informed about how their children are progressing and the effectiveness of schools can be compared to national averages. This sounds pretty good and is comforting for parents. Let’s face it – although we put our little ones into the hands of professionals five days a week, umpteen weeks a year, by the time they have moved through the early stages of education, our grip on how they are doing loosens. We have to trust that our children are somehow moving in a direction that is likely to reap rewards in year 11. Parents’ evenings and reports help to keep us posted, but as a secondary school teacher, I know that glazed look well: there are things that parents do not understand and they trust teachers to get … [Read more...] about I am a teacher and I don’t want my children sitting SATs exams
TROY: Fall of a City is up and running on BBC One, with entranced viewers being taken back to the ancient world. But just who is starring in it? And what else have the cast been in? We take a look... Who is in the cast of Troy: Fall Of A City? This new series features an all-star cast, including: Louis Hunter as Paris Louis is a 25-year-old Australian actor who has been working professionally since 2009. Starting his career in theatre, Louis has taken on a number of acclaimed roles including Prince Edward in War of the Roses opposite Cate Blanchett, and Mercutio in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare classic, Romeo and Juliet. Louis got his break onto television with series Out of The Blue, before heading to the US after landing a role in CW supernatural drama, The Secret Circle. However, the show got cancelled after only one season. He has since been seen in a recurring role on drama series The Fosters, playing Nick Stratos. David Threlfall as Priam David is a … [Read more...] about Who is in the Troy: Fall Of A City cast? Louis Hunter, David Threlfall, Tom Weston-Jones, David Gyasi and Frances O’Connor