Volunteer NQT Award

YOUNG VOLUNTEER (NEWLY QUALIFIED) TEACHERS’ AWARD (YVTA)

An award to fund new graduate teachers to teach in an Indian school for the Summer before taking up their first post.

 

ABOUT THE AWARD

This programme was originally run in partnership with the Faculty of Education, Cambridge University 2008 – 2013. It re-started in partnership with Oxford University in 2016 and with Oxford Brookes in 2018.  On graduation, volunteer PGCE teachers, in pairs, spend six weeks (including a holiday break) in all-through 5-18 Indian schools in the July/August time-slot between PGCE qualification and first appointment.

The purpose is to offer young teachers the opportunity to experience a very different culture through working with Indian schools and teachers, and to give them the chance to pass on some of their own skills.  Our partner English medium schools have been in Pune, Dehradun, a Pestalozzi Village centre, Chennai, Shantiniketan, and Baru Sahib near Solan.

The Foundation is committed to this programme which offers a unique opportunity to young teachers from the UK.

 

THE BRIEF

  • To work with primary, secondary or 16+  students in the classroom
  • To work with local teachers to help develop pedagogy
  • To organise informal teacher training workshops
  • To contribute to extra-curricular programmes.

 

Improved confidence in spoken English is always a valuable outcome for the Indian teachers and their students.

 

WHAT VOLUNTEERS HAVE DONE

Examples include teaching children in the Hindu Model school at Baru Sahib

Hand painting

Joined a school trip

Weekend trips to Amritsar, Kolkata,

Visited other volunteers

 

WHAT NEXT?

This project has been beneficial to volunteers and host schools. Awardees have had unforgettable experiences and have formed a UK alumni group to stay in touch.   Some maintain links with their host school and teachers.

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