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Taste of teaching leads students to South African maths mission

A scheme designed to encourage some of the University of Warwick's brightest students to consider teaching as a career by providing a three week taste of teaching in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull schools has so enthused the students that not only do they now want to teach but they have also organized a project to give three more weeks of their time supplying maths teaching support to a South African school.

The University of Warwick's Student Associate Scheme gives dozens of Warwick undergraduates an opportunity to have some experience in schools, hopefully to encourage them to consider PGCE. The University's Institute of Education provides ten one and a half hour training sessions, each focusing on an aspect of teaching and learning which prepares students for a three week teaching taster in a local school. The scheme, which focuses particularly on subjects for which there is a current shortage of teachers such as maths and science, has attracted a large number of students to apply for teacher training but a dozen students are so enthused they just can't wait for their teacher training start and they have organised this programme to give 3 more weeks of their time supplying maths teaching support to a South African school.

Their time in South Africa will be coordinated by the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The costs of this project are being met through generous donations by graduates of the University of Warwick and the companies they now work for including 3i and BA.

The following students from the group of twelve going to South Africa on July 23rd are available for interview:

David Wells Currently in his placement in Cardinal Newman School in Coventry
Nicola Boast was also in Cardinal Newman in Coventry
Pete Silman was in North Leamington School and now has a teacher training place at the University of Warwick
George Kinrade was in Myton school in Warwick now signed up for a teacher training degree
Tom Augarde currently in his placement in Kineton School
Corrine Mackintosh was in Blue Coat School in Coventry
Edward Pendleton was in Henley in Arden school
Geoffrey Davies was in Tudor Grange School in Solihull
Jessica Wilson was in Tudor Grange School in Solihull and is applying to a PGCE teaching course at Warwick

To contact the students, or for for further information please contact:

Peter Dunn, Press and Media Relations Manager
University of Warwick Tel: 02476 523708 or 07767 655860

PR52 PJD 4th July 2006