Teachers Unite To Tackle Issues Faced In Schools
Headteachers from across the region united at Newcastle’s St James’ Park to hear emotional accounts of how young lives are being changed through football.
Newcastle United Foundation teamed up with leading education recruiters First Class Supply to host the Schools United conference, which also tackled key aspects within primary, secondary and SEN education, including mental health, eLearning and leadership.
Michael Tate, of Moorbridge Pupil Referral Unit, North Tyneside, explained how the Foundation had given their young people the opportunity to develop their confidence, self-esteem and football skills, as well as enabling them to complete units towards an ASDAN qualification.
After watching a moving documentary, featuring Steven Taylor delivering coaching sessions in the school, he told how the youngsters had since gone on to achieve their first qualifications. He said: “Seeing those young lads punch the air when they found out they got a qualification was fantastic. The programme has made a huge difference to their lives.”
Football Development Office, Andrew Dobby, also told how the programmes are a great way to find the next Newcastle stars of the future. He said: “In one of your schools the next star player for Newcastle United is waiting to be discovered.”
Through their sponsorship of the Foundation, First Class Supply’s partner schools across the region are able to take part in a wide-range of sessions for free.
Kate Bradley, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “Football is a way of life in the North East. Using the Newcastle United brand, we know there is incredible scope to enable children and young people to flourish, to reach their own personal goals and fulfil their potential on the pitch and in the classroom.
“It was fantastic to see so many schools represented at the event and to have the opportunity to begin discussions with schools we don’t currently work with about how we can support delivery of the curriculum in future terms. We are passionate about establishing relationships with the schools in our community so we can help inspire the next generation. Thank you First Class Supply for your amazing ongoing support with multi projects.”
Keynote speaker David Hodgson, author of Personality in the Classroom, Simon Richardson, accredited Mental Health First Aid Facilitator and Laura Dickinson, eLearning Lead Teacher for North Tyneside Learning Trust and Lead Trainer for North Tyneside Apple Regional Training Centre, also spoke at the event.
Lesley Robsinson, director of First Class Supply, the largest supplier to schools in North Tyneside and Northumberland, said: “We have worked in partnership with Newcastle United Foundation for a number of years and have seen first-hand the fantastic impact of their work on young people in schools.
“Not only did this conference give teachers the chance to find out more about the varied football-inspired programmes offered by the Foundation. It was also an opportunity to discuss other important issues affecting schools today, such as mental health in schools.”
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