11 September 2017
We've just come back from Nottingham, where we got to meet all of our brand new scholars!
We recruit the very best maths and physics students and support them on their journey to become the next generation of passionate, capable and highly educated teachers. Our annual national conference is a real highlight of the FTSP, jam-packed with engaging and informative sessions led by inspirational speakers with expertise in maths, physics and teaching. Last year’s conference – our first – was a great success and we think our second was even better. And so it should - to be a Future Teaching Scholar is an amazing achievement.
This year, we welcomed our newly recruited cohort as well as the very first intake from last year. For our new cohort, it was their first real taste of the FTSP, where they learnt all about what will happen over the next 6 years, got to know their regional training centre staff, and met other scholars.
The conference kicked off on Thursday evening, with the drinks reception and dinner. It was great to see all of our scholars chatting, laughing, and getting to know each other - it's clear many have made lifelong friends already.
The evening continued with a welcome video from Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the Department for Education, and a brilliant talk from science and maths TV personality, author and journalist, Simon Singh. The next day, after a good nights sleep in the Nottingham university halls of residence, all our scholars got to take part in a range of workshops on teaching and learning, including behaviour management, effective use of technology in the classroom, and practical strategies to scaffold learning.
The FTSP team had a great time - and luckily, so did all of our scholars:
‘I absolutely loved the session where we discussed how to make maths lessons engaging. Very useful and practical advice from the speaker that I can do some research on and hopefully implement in the near future.’
‘I really liked how we can monitor our progress and received our assessment results. It gives me time to focus on my weaknesses and improve my strengths even before I have started university.’
'The staff were all welcoming and it was a great atmosphere, I can't wait for the years to come.'
'Everything was really well planned out and organised and I think it ran efficiently. In particular, the behaviour session on Friday was really engaging and useful.'
Want to get involved? We are currently recruiting students starting university in Autumn 2018, check if you're eligible and register here.