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Sarah O'Sullivan

Train to Teach at Wyke

By | Community, Course News, News, News for Parents, On Campus

From September 2021, Wyke will be offering teacher training, pre-service and in-service, part-time, Cert Ed and PGCE courses, awarded by the University of Huddersfield.

Centre manager, Rachel Hitchenor, is really excited to be offering these new teacher training courses and is looking forward to welcoming new students and working closely with the University. The range of pathways on offer reaches out to everyone who is looking to further their career in a sixth form or college setting.

She said, “If you’re already working as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment within the education and training sector (former post-14 sector) or and looking to progress your career, then the in-service PGCE or Cert Ed is the course for you.

If you’re hoping to go into teaching within sixth forms or further education colleges, or you see yourself taking up a career in adult education or informal education roles, then the pre-service PGCE or Cert Ed would suit your needs. You don’t need previous teaching experience, just an industry skill, an appropriate entry qualification and a passion for teaching and training others.”

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

High quality teaching is at the heart of Wyke’s success. Recently, the PE, Sports and Dance department won the coveted “FE Teaching Team of the Year” award. This year, the status of the College was confirmed by “The Sunday Times Parent Power Survey” that placed Wyke in the top 2% of providers in the UK.

Wyke is an established provider of teacher training placements. Sarah O’Sullivan completed her first placement at Wyke and now teaches A Level Geography at the College.

She said, “When given the opportunity to complete my 1st PGCE placement at Wyke, I was excited, yet nervous, and most of all curious to see what it would be like as a trainee teacher at a Sixth Form College.

Wyke supported me in this placement immensely- I had a well-structured programme with my mentor and PGCE coordinator and I felt part of the team straight away. I was given the opportunity to observe teachers from a variety of subjects and got invaluable teaching advice from both well experienced teachers and other recently qualified teachers too. The placement allowed me to put the introduction to pedagogical theories into practice and try different strategies in the classroom to challenge myself in a supportive environment.

Feedback from observations is always constructive and encouraging, which has consequently improved my confidence, and competency in teaching. Completing the PGCE led to me gaining employment in the organisation, where I am currently continuing to develop professionally and gaining a deeper understanding into teaching and learning through the NQT programme.”

If you have any questions or would like further information then please email rachel.hitchenor@wyke.ac.uk or phone 01482 346347. If you would like to apply then please email or phone to discuss the most appropriate route.
To apply via our current vacancies portal https://vportal.wyke.ac.uk/ by 30th June 2021 if possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Lucy Tessier

Max the Gap

By | Course News, Music, News, News for Parents

If you think taking a gap year is a chance to sit back and relax, think again!

Former A level Music student, Lucy Tessier is maximising her time by working as a freelance journalist and copywriter. By combining her talent for writing and passion for the indie music scene, Lucy’s work has been published across a range of digital media platforms.

Over that last 7 months, Lucy has been scouting new talent for magazines to promote, pitching new features, interviewing bands and artists for articles, writing album and single reviews and ghost-writing content for blog posts.

Next year, Lucy will begin her undergraduate life, studying BA(Hons) English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds.

Lucy’s work has been published on Gigwise.com and Soundspheremag.com. To get a flavour of her critical ability and engaging writing style, read her article on Wolf Alice https://www.gigwise.com/features/3396348/what-a-wolf-alice-comeback-means-to-the-band-s-fans

#WeAreWyke

#MakeItHappen

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Spring Re-Opening Webinar

By | Community, Course News, News, News for Parents, On Campus

Our Spring Re-Opening Webinar is now available to view online. The 40 minute presentation, hosted by Principal Paul Britton, guides you through the testing process, campus Covid safety expectations and also discusses the assessment and awarding process for our second year students.

Visit this link to view the presentation on the College’s YouTube channel. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Wyke.

Careers Newsletter #2

By | News for Parents

National Careers Week 2021 (1st-6th March) is a fantastic celebration of all things careers guidance, which aims to support young people leaving education and moving on to employment. We have set out some of the main events and activities which are taking place throughout the week.

This has been circulated to all students and we are encouraging students to regularly check the Careers and UCAS Microsoft Teams Page for updates.

Parents/ Guardians can find this in our latest careers newsletter at: National Careers Week Newsletter 2021

Empowering and Advancing Careers Education

By | Course News, News for Parents

Here at Wyke, we are committed to providing a high level of careers education for all of our students. We have a fantastic careers provision at the college and work hard to ensure our students are inspired and well-informed of the fantastic opportunities available to them.

We are extremely excited to announce that we have teamed up with our Venn College Partners for a large-scale Virtual Careers and Progression Event. The event aims to further empower our students in walking confidently into their next steps; whether this be further education, higher apprenticeships or employment.

We look forward to welcoming a wide range of exhibitors on the day including many of the top local companies such as the City Health Care Partnership, KCOM, EY, Bae Systems, RSM, HICA, Orsted and RB, to name a few. There will also be some of our most popular universities offering talks to students and supporting them with any queries they may have.

The event will take place on Thursday 25th March, 4pm-7pm and is open to students and their parents/guardians from the Venn Colleges Group alongside Year 11 students from our Partner schools.

We will be sharing lots of exciting information in the run up to this event over the coming weeks – please do stay tuned. #MakeItHappen

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Tutorial Updates

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Each term, we will be updating parents and guardians on the content that we will be covering in our Tutorial Scheme of Work.

Please see the below recordings of Katy Burgess who is one of the Pastoral Leads at Wyke, discussing what is coming up for the rest of this half term and next half term in the year 1 and year 2 scheme of works.

Year 1 Tutorial Updates

  • The introduction of Unifrog (The complete destinations platform) to offer support on next-steps.
  • Researching next-steps – Booking a careers appointment, university, apprenticeships, gap years, employment, travelling, work experience etc.
  • Dissecting and structuring a personal statement in preparation for life after Wyke.
  • Help with creating a CV and how to write a covering letter/job application.
  • Mental health check-in point with internal and external support reminders.
  • Regular 1-1s during the second tutorial of the week where students can discuss any academic of personal concerns in a more intimate setting.

Year 2 Tutorial Updates

  • How to accept a firm and insurance university offer.
  • Researching next-steps if a student is not going to university– Booking a careers appointment, apprenticeships, gap years, employment, travelling, work experience etc.
  • How and when to book university accommodation.
  • Interview techniques and practice.
  • Budgeting for living away from home or post Wyke.
  • Mental health check-in point with internal and external support reminders.
  • Regular 1-1s during the second tutorial of the week where students can discuss any academic of personal concerns in a more intimate setting.

Winter Exam Release

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Over the last few weeks, our students have been receiving their Winter Examination/Assessment grades for each of their enrolled subjects. For parents, this data is available to view on the Parent Portal under the ‘Achievements & Reviews’ tab.

If you have any IT issues when logging onto your Parent Portal, please contact our IT support staff using the helpdesk@wyke.ac.uk email address.

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Spring Term Tutorial Newsletter 1

By | News, News for Parents

Please see the latest edition of the Tutorial Newsletter, as ever, if there is anything you would like to include in the next edition, please email student.newsletter@wyke.ac.uk

Don’t forget that for the next two weeks, tutorials are collapsed and you will have a Progress Review appointment with your tutor instead. Please ensure you attend this appointment via Teams.

You can access the newsletter here: Spring Term Tutorial Newsletter 1

Take care and have a great week.

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Go Further with Maths

By | Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Economics, Geography, IT & Computing, Mathematics, News, News for Parents, Physics

If you are planning to study any maths related subject in the future or aspire to establish a career in a maths related area, like engineering, then A level Further Maths is essential to your ambitions. Most high-quality, maths-based university courses want students who have studied A level Further Maths.

At Wyke, A level Further Mathematics is available to students with 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics and is studied alongside A Level Mathematics. According to Head of the Mathematics Faculty, Al Robinson, having high GCSE grades is just one of the key ingredients to benefit from taking the subject. “Probably the most important criteria for studying Further Maths is that students really enjoy the subject. They really want to learn more and push their understanding of the subject.”

To get an insight into the subject, watch this short video on discrete maths, hosted on Wyke TV https://youtu.be/bkJIGxpRCuU

To guarantee an interview for a place at Wyke, please apply before the 15th January. Apply directly to Wyke through our website. https://wyke.ac.uk/apply-online/