Teach Week was my final project I ran with Lancaster University Students’ Union.

Teach Week was designed to raise pupil aspirations and provide an insight into the life of a Lancaster University student through outreach activities not readily available in the classroom. A fantastic team of Lancaster University students who aspired to work with young people in the future delivered a range of exciting and engaging sessions for primary, secondary, and SEN. This year I designed Teach Week to incorporate two topical themes that I’m particularly passionate about:

  • Global Rights of A Child & Seeking Safety Across The World
  • Shaking Up Shakespeare
  • We also offered Secondary Schools and SEN Colleges a session on Business & Enterprise.

What I loved most about Teach Week was the 20 incredible students I worked with. They inspired me everyday and I could see how passionate they were about working with young people as well as what incredible teachers they were going to become.

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I imagine that this blog will be steadily mixed with my passion for tackling educational inequality and supporting teachers around the world. It was so heartwarming to see that there were still people who wanted to teach and that they haven’t been put off by the horrific state of education in the UK at the moment.

Another thing that I loved was the topics that we did. After leaving Teach First, I was pretty gutted that I wouldn’t have a chance to do Shakespeare again. Luckily, my amazing line manager said I could design Teach Week in whatever way I wanted and we had a fantastic opportunity to combine it with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

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I also thought that it was really important that we did something on the Refugee Crisis. We  ended up creating a really meaningful session which concluded with the children meeting two refugees through the educational development centre ‘Global Link‘.

The kids then wrote messages of hope and welcome to the refugees who are currently making the journey to the UK and those who have already arrived here. We then put them on some artificial trees as a symbol of the refugees growing our community. The messages really were beautiful and were such a reminder of how children aren’t born with prejudice and hate. They are the most honest and loving human beings on the planet and we could learn a hell of a lot from them.

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Positive of the day: I am currently sorting through my LUSU things and have so many fantastic memories working there!