Three Isle of Man students will graduate together from Edge Hill University today and return to the Island to take up their first teaching posts.
Emma Nicholson (21) from Douglas has completed the Secondary Mathematics Education with QTS degree with Chloe Spooner (21) from Peel and Jack Hammerton-Maylin (20) from Colby, both finishing their Secondary English Education with QTS qualifications.
“I loved the campus,” said Emma, who was born on the Island and will return to teach at Ramsey Grammar School. “Coming from a small island, I didn’t like the idea of living in a city so the campus was a huge attraction to me. Edge Hill has an amazing reputation for its teaching programmes. When I came to visit the University before applying I spoke to the lecturers and it was focused on what Edge Hill could do for you but at other universities I visited it was about what you could do for them.”
Jack, also born on the Island, will teach at Ballakermeen High School. He said: “I had a great three years at Edge Hill. What made it great was the people I met on my course, and the people I lived with who have become friends for life. The course was really interesting with great modules that allowed me to broaden my understanding, not just of English but of pedagogy too. The great thing about the course is that it has allowed me to go on four placements, two on the Isle of Man and two in England which allows you to develop as a teacher over three years, instead of just one on a PGCE.”
Chloe, who volunteers for the RNLI in Peel will also teach at Ramsey Grammar school. She said: “It was important to me to return to the island, right from the beginning of my course. I have become very settled on the Island since moving there from Surrey in 2009 and I could never imagine living anywhere else.
“I really enjoyed my course. I got the opportunity to study a wealth of topics which I found thoroughly interesting. The course also provided the opportunity to study in a variety of ways and present work in different formats which also enabled me to develop additional skills.”
Dr Gordon Laing, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education supervised the trio’s extended placement on the Isle of Man during their second year where Chloe taught English at Ramsey Grammar School, Emma taught mathematics at Castle Rushen High School and Jack taught English at Ballakermeen High School.
He said “They were each superb in the classroom. Moreover, as Manx people, they were able to bring an important pastoral dimension to the wider school community and be positive role models for young people on the island.
“It is therefore of no surprise they have secured Newly Qualified Teacher posts at schools on the Isle of Man. The Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University has a long, proud and successful partnership with schools on the island and it is wonderful to have been a part of their degree studies. More importantly it is great to know that three ‘home grown’ young professionals will be returning to the Island to inspire and enthuse young people. Chloe, Emma and Jack are excellent ambassadors for Secondary Undergraduate Initial Teacher Education at Edge Hill University. I extend my warmest congratulations to them on their graduation as they commence their first steps in the teaching profession. I look forward to hearing of their future successes in their teaching career on the Isle of Man”
Adrienne Burnett, Head Teacher at Ballakermeen High School added: “We are always delighted to receive trainee teachers from Edge Hill and many of them will be offered posts at the end of their placements, even if they are not in their final year. We like to ‘talent spot’ trainees and even if we don’t have a vacant post, we will share details with other schools. This year, an Edge Hill trainee on placement at Ballakermeen was offered a teaching post at Ramsey Grammar School and a trainee from Castle Rushen High School has just accepted a place here.
“Trainee teachers appreciate the focus on teaching and learning in Manx schools, our students are polite, enthusiastic and keen to learn. The staff are friendly and will ensure that our trainees are well-looked after, both in school and socially.
“Jack is a typical Edge Hill graduate; he is focused on his career, has been trained well, quickly making a positive impact in the school. It was the easiest decision ever to give him a permanent post. The fact that he was from the Isle of Man is especially pleasing and we are delighted to welcome ‘one of our own’ back to teach in the Manx education system that produced a quality teacher like Jack.”
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