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Thousands of Wandsworth children helped by University trainee teachers

More than 130 trainee teachers were in Wandsworth’s primary and secondary schools during the past year, helping local children learn the essential skills that will prepare them for adult life.

Posted: 5 October 2014

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Trainee teachers from the University of Roehampton have helped thousands of Wandsworth school children

The University’s four founding colleges were originally established to train teachers and, more than 170 years after the first one opened, Roehampton’s School of Education remains one of the largest providers of teachers in London.

News that thousands of local children and teenagers have benefited from the support of a Roehampton trainee teacher came on World Teachers' Day which was Sunday 5 October.

Trainees from Roehampton worked with 40 primary schools within the borough of Wandsworth last year, including Granard, Heathmere, Hotham, Hurlingham, The Merlin School, Sellincourt and Roehampton CofE primary, plus many others.

In addition, the University also assigned trainee teachers to Ashcroft Technology Academy in Putney, Burntwood School in Earlsfield, Chestnut Grove Academy in Balham, Emanuel School in Battersea, Ernest Bevin College in Tooting as well as St Cecilia’s and Saint John Bosco College in Southfields.

A spokesman for the University, said: “We’re extremely proud to be able to help so many of Wandsworth’s young people to achieve the best education possible. Every trainee teacher in a classroom is a direct benefit to people’s sons and daughters because they bring extra help to individual youngsters and support to the class teacher.

“The relationship with so many of the borough’s schools is vital for helping children growing up in Roehampton near the University’s campus, and those in towns like Tooting, Balham and Battersea, to take their next steps, and we’re glad to be able to help them. World Teachers' Day is an excellent reason to remind everyone of the benefits our trainees bring to local families.”

Three of the University’s own teachers have also seen considerable success during the past 12 months. Dr Sara Houston, Principal Lecturer in Dance was named as a National Teaching Fellow, and is due to receive her award next week. Tina Bruce, a visiting professor of Early Childhood Studies, has received a lifetime achievement award from Nursery World magazine. Dr Michal Garapich from the Department of Social Sciences has been named as a finalist in the Times Higher Education awards and is due to find out in November if he has won.

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