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Sociology named Centre of Excellence

By | Course News, Sociology, Train to Teach

Wyke Sixth Form College’s Sociology Department are delighted to be named a ‘Centre of Excellence’ as part of an initiative with the Doncaster New Collaborative Learning Trust.

The initiative aims to enhance students’ learning by establishing networking links for teachers to share best practice and bring fresh ideas to the classroom.

Throughout this half term, our Sociology department are delivering a bespoke CPD training programme for teachers at New College Doncaster, New College Pontefract and New College Bradford.

The first session, led by Wyke’s Head of Sociology and Psychology Catherine Eariss and Sociology Teacher Mike Skues took place this week with a focus on Effective Questioning. The session was really well received by staff across the group and helped to facilitate valuable discussions in this area.

Excited by the project, Catherine had the following to say; “We are delighted and honoured to be facilitating the development of Sociology teaching across the Doncaster New Collaborative Learning Trust. This is an excellent opportunity to network and share outstanding teaching and learning strategies in Sociology.”

Sociology Network Coordinator, Rebecca Prescott-Mail said, “I am thrilled to be working with Wyke College as part of the Sociology Network for teachers across Doncaster. Our first session, led by Catherine and Michael, on Questioning was engaging, informative and full of practical strategies that teachers can use in their classrooms. I can’t wait for the next!”

Wyke is extremely proud of our Sociology department, not only for their academic success but for the fantastic range of enrichments open to students beyond the classroom including an exciting external lecture programme and a series of fascinating trips.

We hope that our contribution to this project will be of great benefit to both staff and young minds.

Spotlight on Chemistry: Tom Parsons

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Train to Teach

Next up in our British Science Week subject spotlight is chemistry teacher Tom Parsons. We asked him about his enthusiasm for the subject and why becoming a chemistry teacher was the career path for him.

What interests you most about chemistry?
Chemistry is fascinating as it really explains how the world around us works – combining the more applicable parts of physics and the more in-depth aspects of biology. It is the perfect science to understand the best bits of how the world works and gives greater meaning to many of the processes that take place around us.

What can upcoming students expect to gain from studying chemistry?
Chemistry is that is incredibly diverse. In chemistry, students can develop their skills in multiple areas – from mathematical skills to how to use glassware properly. Overall, students will gain confidence in a large range of areas that produce a competent scientist – as well as being a good cook!

How do you use chemistry in your everyday life?
I use concepts of thermodynamics when I open a window to cool a room, I take advantage of decades of drug development and research whenever I use an Ibuprofen pill, I use solubility of tea in water whenever I use a teabag. Chemistry is all around us, always taking place and increasing the understanding of these processes helps us understand the world around us.

Do you have a favourite element or equation?
Boron, without a doubt. Used in rocket fuel and in drug synthesis, it has a whole range of uses and produces a lovely green flame.

Who is a chemist you admire and why?
Linus Pauling. He made great advancements in the chemical field, in areas such as quantum mechanics and protein function. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (as well as a Nobel Prize for Chemistry) for his work against the use of nuclear weapons. He was not only a great chemist, but a good man too.

British Science Week runs from the 5th – 14th March 2021, visit britishscienceweek.org for more information.

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Sport, PE & Dance Teachers

FE Teaching Team of the Year

By | Course News, Dance, News, Physical Education, Sport, Train to Teach, Uncategorised

Wyke Sixth Form College’s P.E, Sport and Dance Teaching Team have been recognised for their “inspirational work in education” at the 2019 Pearson Teaching Awards.

The Team were awarded Gold in the ‘National Team of the Year’ category at last night’s glamorous ceremony, hosted by BBC presenters Tina Daheley and Sean Fletcher.

Commended for going “above and beyond,” the Team were praised for the significant amount of hard work they put into the College, well beyond their timetable commitments.

The Team are a vital part of Wyke’s success, both inside and outside of the classroom; offering fantastic enrichment opportunities for students including our national award winning dance, rugby and football teams, trips around the world and a high level of dedicated support beyond lessons.

Delighted by the news, Principal Paul Britton said:

“What fantastic news! The staff and students in Wyke’s Sport, PE and Dance team are deserving winners of the Pearson National Teaching Award for FE team of the year.

With literally hundreds of students engaging in sports teams each week we were national semi-finalists in rugby and football, finalists in netball and national champions in dance.  In addition to exceptional sporting success, our students achieve consistently in the top 5% in the country for their main qualifications.  Perhaps most importantly, the team’s goal is to help all students develop the personal qualities that will ensure that they excel in their future careers.

An exceptional team and a great recognition for all their efforts.”

The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday, October 26, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”.

There is also an opportunity to meet with the Team and find out about Wyke’s exceptional Sport offering at our Open Evening, Thursday 24th October, 5.30pm-8.00pm.