Graduate establishes first Students' Union Teacher Society in Wales


Jessica Tanner, BA Primary Education (QTS) graduate has made history during her time at UWTSD Carmarthen as she founded and chaired the first Students’ Union Teacher Society in Wales. 

The one of a kind society in Wales, brings teachers from all over the country and UWTSD together to look practically at the task of student experience and employment. It aims to give student teachers the best chance possible for securing a job once graduated.

Jessica was awarded with the Extra-Curricular Activities Bursary at UWTSD’s graduation ceremony this week.

Jessica, along with the rest of the society team, Hannah Williams, Laura Matthews, Rachel Amy Lewis, Jessica Lewis, Hannah Carter and Sam Howes, have succeeded in offering a support system for both qualified and trainee teachers, provide opportunities for professional development, invite guest speakers, visit educational seminars, offer opportunities to network and socialize with other practitioners and hold fundraising events for charities such as Teach First.

Jessica Tanner said: “We are so proud to have founded Wales' first ever SU Teacher Society, especially when UWTSD Carmarthen has a history of being known as a teacher training college. It’s great to be working with the charity TeachFirst who have university societies across England.

“It’s an honour to have been awarded with the Extra-Curricular Activities Bursary. To receive recognition for founding the Teacher Society is fantastic. The Society aims to benefit everyone from Teaching Assistants to Head Teachers, I’m so proud to have created something that unites so many people.

“Our most successful events were the Head Teacher's Panel and the Aiming for Excellence Conference. The success was down to the students feeling that they were able to ask the head teachers questions about any concerns or interests they had, for example applying for jobs, and the head teachers felt that they were able to give feedback to passionate trainees and offer support. The annual Aiming for Excellence Conference was very successful and we are still very proud to have been a part of it.

 “Due to our successes, the Teacher Society was nominated for the Society of the Year in this year's Student Led Awards. I am still astounded that the university had nominated me for the 'Outstanding Contribution Award', to which I was 'Runner-up'.

“From the moment we established the Society, every single lecturer has been extremely supportive. They have given us countless opportunities to take on additional responsibilities in order to continuously develop as professionals, and given us never-ending praise. I will never forget the support and belief they have had in us, and I hope to stay in touch with them after I qualify.”

Carys Richards, Initial Teacher Training Senior Lecturer said: “The group have worked tirelessly to enhance the experiences gained by the trainee teachers here at Trinity. They have been a credit to the University and will undoubtedly be a positive addition to any teaching team in their schools - we wish them the very best on their onward journey.”


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