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Whole school placement day for Builth Teachers


A 'non-pupil' day at the end of the summer term at Builth Wells High School in Powys, provided an opportunity for all 41 teachers to get out of school to attend a 'whole school' teacher placement day. Organised by Roland Wear and Carole Gledhill, Teacher Placement Co-ordinators with Careers Wales, the day provided a great opportunity for teachers to gain first-hand experience with national or local businesses and to gather information and resources to enhance their delivery of the curriculum. As well as updating their skills and knowledge teachers are often able to establish lasting relationships with the organisations they spend their placement day with. This can provide direct benefits to students taking part in work-related activities at the school.

To accommodate their individual development needs and interests, teachers were placed far and wide at places such as Dalton Nuclear Facility in Cumbria, the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon and CRUSE Bereavement on Anglesey. A number of teachers travelled to Swansea, Cardiff and Aberystwyth to learn from Media Wales, Welsh Rugby Union, Wolfestone Translations and the National Library. Others stayed locally to focus on catering, music or construction opportunities.

Carole Gledhill commented “ It was quite a task to pull together such a number of placements at once, but it was immensely satisfying to see the buzz of interest and enthusiasm as teachers were handed their information packs before going out on placement”.

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