You will be encouraged to undertake placements in educational settings as part of the Service and Leadership Award (SALA). At our recent summer graduation, 19 of the 34 students who graduated with the SALA were Education students.
We also encourage students to undertake short term volunteering in developing countries with Global Hope. Across the last 2 summers, our students have completed placements in India, Brazil and Uganda.
If you’re interested in doing volunteering and leading groups, such as school classes or half term clubs, then SALA is a good way to get your hard work and efforts recognised, whilst learning about volunteering and leadership on the go. It’s also a good way to meet new people and make connections for possible future employment. You will learn relevant skills and take part in situations that will give you more confidence in yourself.
SALA helps you put into practice the theory you learn on the course. It gives you the opportunities to go into educational work places and see how different institutions work, and it has helped me decide what I want to do in the future.
Kathryn Nutter, Year 3 Education student
The SALA related to my study of Education. I was able to experience both formal and informal contexts of learning – and observe how educational practitioners in different contexts work.
Melissa Ryan, Year 3 Education student
We worked in St Peter and Paul School, Fort Portal Uganda for 2 weeks – a teaching setting so different from anything in the UK. We were involved in teaching the children from the day of our arrival. It was like a crash course in skill development – the time spent on the trip did so much to develop our communication, confidence, planning and time management skills. Working in a Ugandan Primary School helped us to see education differently. It allowed us to evaluate educational theories in new ways – and compare the educational approach in the UK to a country in Africa. Most of all it was great fun – and our confidence increased massively!
Rachel Bickerstaffe and Sam Gailley Year 3 Education students