Cardiff School of Education graduates, who have almost finished their Newly Qualified Teaching (NQT) year have recently reunited to share best practise and talk about their experiences of their first year of teaching.
Six students, all now teaching in secondary schools within the South Wales area, met at Cardiff Metropolitan University last week, along with their tutors and lecturers to share best practise as their first years of teaching come to an end. The newly qualified teachers had arranged the session themselves with previous tutor, Dr Gina Morgan as they thought it would be a useful way to conclude the year.
Cari Greenslade, one of the six students who returned to Cardiff Met last week, is teaching Welsh in Ysgol Bryngwyn School. She has accepted a permanent position at the school starting in September, teaching Welsh to 11-18 year olds. Cari reflected on her first year of teaching, "it is great to be able to meet and share our experiences and tips with each other. It is good to feel that you are not alone, and that others are going through the same difficulties and triumphs you are. My first year of teaching has been really enjoyable, it has been hard work but totally worth it."
All attendee graduates have secured full time teaching roles this coming academic year. Bethan Rosser also teaching Welsh at Bryngwyn will continue in September. Rhys Richards, currently teaching Welsh in Radyr Comprehensive will now go on to teach in Tonypandy College. Ryan Hill, currently teaching Welsh in Eastern High School will also continue in his permanent position.
Calum Palmer, who is currently Head of Department for Music at Cymer Afon Comprehensive School has also secured a full time position at the same school. Claire Dobbs, who studied Secondary Education Welsh, also attended the morning session, she is currently on maternity leave but is looking forward to going back to teaching welsh locally next year.
The group hope to stay in contact to share best practise as their careers progress.
Dr Gina Morgan, Programme Director for BA Secondary Education Welsh / Music commented on the success of her past students, "it is wonderful to see so many of Cardiff Met graduates going on to secure permanent teaching roles. This session has been highly useful for the graduates, and I wish them all the best of luck in their teaching careers".