For almost 30 years, York Students in Schools has connected students from the University of York with local schools, to help make a difference to the lives of young people in York. Students support teaching and learning through a wide range of placements and projects, from nursery to college levels. The scheme is open to all students and helps to build skills and provide valuable work experience for any future career.
Many of our students are keen to progress into teaching or other related professions, and we will be running a series of workshops in Summer Term to give our committed volunteers more information on relevant topics. These sessions will be delivered by a range of experienced staff across the education sector. More details about the workshops and speakers can be found below.
Wednesday 19 April, 3-4pm in D/L/036
This session will look at effective strategies to successfully promote positive behaviour in the classroom and manage low level disruptive behaviours that pupils may display.
This workshop will be delivered by Holly Ellis, University of York's Student Teach First Recruiter. She will also be delivering the "Supporting Pupils with EAL" YSIS Plus workshop.
Wednesday 19 April, 4-5pm in D/L/036
This workshop will offer you the opportunity to hear from a current Trainee Teacher, an Early Career Teacher and an experienced Mentor about their experiences and any tips that they may have for those interested in going into teaching.
All of the speakers will be from the Pathfinder Teaching School which works in partnership across the Ryedale, Scarborough and York region to provide high-quality training and continuous professional development for teachers at every stage of their career.
Wednesday 26 April, 1-2pm in D/L/047
This workshop will cover the key features of an effective lesson plan, including checking for prior knowledge, lesson sequencing and time management.
It will be delivered by experienced teachers Vic Allen and Caroline Capper who are both School Partnership Facilitators in the University of York's PGCE team. They will also be delivering a YSIS Plus session entitled "Formative Assessment Techniques".
Wednesday 26 April, 3-4pm in D/L/036
This workshop will explore some of the challenges that disadvantaged, vulnerable and isolated children and young people can face and the impact that these can have on other areas of their life, such as their education.
This session will be delivered by Lucy Nicholls who is the Education Officer for The Island. The Island is a charity in York providing space and time for vulnerable children and young people by building confidence, self-esteem and unlocking potential through positive mentoring relationships and unique programmes.
Wednesday 3 May, 3-4pm in D/L/036
This workshop will allow students to find out more about classroom techniques that can be used to support children whose first language is not English and techniques for helping them to improve their level of English proficiency.
It will be delivered by Holly Ellis, University of York's Student Teach First Recruiter. She will also be delivering the "Behaviour Management" YSIS Plus workshop.
Wednesday 3 May, 4-5pm in D/L/036
This workshop will explore a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities that pupils often present with in the classroom, and look at effective teaching strategies that can be used to help these pupils to succeed and reach their full potential.
This session will be delivered by Helena Ferguson, an experienced teacher and SENDCo who works at a school in York.
Wednesday 10 May, 1-2pm in D/L/047
This session will explore a range of teaching techniques that can be used to identify whether pupils have understood what has been taught to them and how to use this knowledge to inform and improve your teaching.
It will be delivered by experienced teachers Vic Allen and Caroline Capper who are both School Partnership Facilitators in the University of York's PGCE team. They will also be delivering a YSIS Plus session entitled "Effective Lesson Planning".
Wednesday 10 May, 3-4pm in D/L/036
This workshop will look at some of the challenges that have been faced by the education sector in York as the city has experienced and recovered from the coronavirus pandemic.
It will be delivered by Dan Bodey, the School Inclusion Adviser for the City of York Council. He is an experienced teacher and senior leader and a long time YSIS supporter.
How do I sign up?
You can sign up for our YSIS Plus Workshops on Handshake.
To get updates on the YSIS Plus workshops, please sign up to our Mailing List on Handshake or follow our social media pages @UoYVolunteering.