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Teachers: How to maximise your students’ potential

In between the classroom teaching, the lesson planning, the marking, the monitoring, the feedback, the reading, writing, the commuting and the bottomless cups of coffee, teachers of the UK are under increasing demand to find the time to engage their students with university and careers.

  • What if, as a teacher, you don’t know where to start?
  • Do you have a strategy to take to the classroom?
  • Who can explain in no-nonsense terms how HE functions?

Rest assured there’s actually a variety of hugely useful events open for you to attend that promise to help further connect you with the right support networks.

Attending a well-organised event for teachers allows you to consume and explore a large amount of information useful to your profession in one day. It also gives you the chance to engage, meaningfully, with colleagues who share your concerns, ideals and passion for education.

Look to the annual Teachers and Advisers’ Conference held at the University of East Anglia (UEA) campus in Norwich. The event brings together sixth form teachers, careers advisers and education professionals who are passionate about what they do.

According to UEA’s Academic Director of Admissions, Dr Richard Harvey: “The Teachers’ Conference provides a chance to talk candidly to the admissions team at UEA; to meet academics, tutors and senior executives”.

With a growing lack of adequate support for teachers giving students career advice, the Conference is designed to create a much-needed conversation between sixth form teachers and a higher education institution.

Dr Harvey said: “We really look forward to these events because they are chance for us to hear any concerns from teachers and careers advisers and likewise we hope delegates value the chance to have open but off-the-record discussions with admissions professionals”.

Spanning two days in early June, the Teachers and Advisers’ Conference is completely free to attend (making it even more accessible) and the programme includes sessions on:

  • the controversial increase of technology
  • cram culture making exams easier and teaching tougher
  • open, online learning in schools
  • behind the scenes of an admissions office
  • how to teach entrepreneurship
  • getting it right with UCAS advice

Teachers attending will hear first-hand from influential educators including Helena Gillespie, Academic Director for Learning and Teaching Enhancement at UEA. She said:

“In the fast paced world of technology and education, I know that it is best for UEA to play an active part in this debate… we are committed to innovating online and in the classroom in the future.”

The Student Room, the world’s largest online student community, will also deliver a session on how education technology is making exams easier and traditional teaching harder.

This is the sort of open forum-style event that allows you to air your concerns with the education system in the UK and find answers from those on the front line. It’s also a unique opportunity for you to connect with and inspire your fellow professionals with what you’re doing in the classroom.

Attendees are given a chance to ask university admissions staff, current students and higher education advisers for advice on complex areas of higher education, including how to help students apply for Medicine and Law subjects, plus useful strategies for maximising a student’s chance of university acceptance.

It’s not all business though. Unique highlights of this conference include an open top bus tour of Norwich and a networking dinner in the Modern Life Café at the internationally renowned Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, where the Francis Bacon and The Masters exhibition is currently on show.

Spaces are going fast at the 2015 Teachers and Advisers’ Conference:

Find out more and book your place now

Posted by Jane Bryan on Thu, 2 Feb 2017



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After a career in theatre stage management, Jane completed her PhD in Film History at the University of East Anglia in 2006. She went on to join the Recruitment Events Team at UEA, organising Open Days, Applicant Days, the Norfolk UCAS Convention and leads the organisation of the annual Teachers and Advisers’ Conference that aims to bridge the gap between sixth form teaching and university.

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