Recently PGCE Economics and Business trainees ran a very successful A Level Economics and A Level Business Revision Day at Old Swinford Hospital. The focus on small group teaching and revision of specific A Level Economics topics including elasticity and index numbers for Year 12, behavioural economics and financial markets for Year 13 and a range of finance topics for Business A Level was very well received. The sixth form students also had individual support to develop their exam technique to write high quality answers in preparation for this summer’s exams. In addition trainees enjoyed a tour of the classrooms and boarding facilities at the school and had opportunity to talk to the Business and Economics teachers about the qualifications on offer.
This week PGCE Economics and Business and PGCE Psychology trainees visited Halesowen College to find out more about the options available to their 14 to 19 year old students progressing onto a range of courses, including A Level and vocational courses and a wide range of Apprenticeships and Access courses. Trainees learnt about Erasmus plus Switch, a staff development programme partnering with schools in Italy and Spain. They heard first hand from students on Access courses about their prior education experiences and the reasons their Access courses were the best way into HE for them. As part of the provision trainees toured a range of facilities including the training restaurant and bakery kitchens, animal management centre and airline cabin. This visit built knowledge and confidence enabling trainees to have informed discussions with their students about future career choices and pathways to begin their career.