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A solid foundation for moving into teaching EGA1ST THE GazetteWEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015 Conyers sixth form has its and Training Like us on Facebook facebook.com/TeessideGazette.

sponsor's best ever message THERE'S no denying that training to be a teacher takes hard work and dedication.

But these students from Stockton Riverside College will tell you it is worth the effort. They are all on their way to their dream of exciting careers in education after picking up qualifications at the college.

At Stockton Riverside College we offer a variety of routes into education and training, including part-time options for those looking to retrain or take a change in direction.

With opportunities to qualify all the way up to BA Hons degree level, as well as CertEd and PGCE options, a career in teaching could be closer than you think.

SOPHIE sponsor's message Sophie Sharp is celebrating a job offer as a (SCITT) trainee teacher in a primary school after completing her BA Hons in Education and Training top-up this summer.

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Conyers sixth Form celebrated the school's most impressive set of A-level results yet, with 62% of students gaining A*-B grades.

The new job marks the culmination of four years of hard work for Sophie, 25, who started her journey on an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Humanities and Social This achievement owes much to the calibre of the students and the committed It support and guidance of their talented teachers.

Sciences at Stockton Riverside College before moving on to the Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning, followed by the one-year top-up.

the wider report The ALPs rating for Conyers now marks it as a nationally outstanding institution. The A-level success was matched by the performance of the Level 3 BTeC engineers, several of whom secured a series of perfect distinction * grades. Fourteen students gained three or more A*/A grades at A level.

Sophie said: "It has definitely been worth it. The tutors are so supportive and the benefit of being in a college means that the class sizes are smaller so you are able to ask questions."

appreciation something Previous about Ben economics that sixth he sense both delighted in his Leading the charge of Conyers students to their universities of choice were Andrew Camsell and Adam Dadvar who both secured places at oxford University to study chemical engineering.

Of life in the classroom, she said: "The best bit is seeing the things I say to the children having an impact Most of the students who chose to on their learning. You try different approaches to explain things and suddenly you see the light switch on and they understand."

their education in the Sixth Form.

increasing number have joined the form from other institutions, by their academic success excellent reputation.

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STEPHEN sixth Form places great on examination success also enabling their students to important social skills which required in a rapidly changing Sports lecturer Stephen Cross got his dream job after completing the PGCE at Stockton Riverside College.

Beth and said that experience "It gave closer with whose help Leeds where "I decided which I to the again to support."

expects students to make a signficant contribution to the school and community. The last ofsted praised the contribution students made to the school and their of being able to give back.

Inspired by his own tutors as a former BTEC Sports student at SRC Bede Sixth Form, he is now teaching the course he once studied. The 25-year-old signed up for the PGCE after completing a sports degree at Teesside University.

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Going on to starting work in student support at SRC Bede he said: "I saw the positive impact the teachers have on the students."

students have this to say Conyers sixth Form: Zaranko, who is now studying at oxford University, said deciding to stay on at Conyers for form was one of the best decisions had ever made. There is a real of a close-knit community of students and staffand he was to be chosen to be head boy final year. There were a huge " He said: "The PGCE was a very inclusive course covering a range of teaching techniques along with th "I found centred teachers went out with a theory. It was good to be able to link what you have learnt into your everyday practice."

rewarding (and stressful) of organising the year 13 personal highlights were the Three Peaks for charity amazing trip to eastern Abbey and I will at Conyers where I finally Megan apprenticeship said: "me a great was my obvious always been and I received A-level subjects.

Abbey Fisher, 24, has fought off tough competition to secure place as a trainee teacher at a primary school with Middlesbrough Schools' Teaching Alliance.

Brady, who is studying history sociology at Leeds University, her Conyers sixth Form was a great one.

me a chance to become my peers and my teachers, enabled me to end up in I am also happy.

Completing the foundation degree followed by the top-up, she said: "I have loved it. The level of support you get in the college is great for anyone wanting to progress.

to study subjects in was interested, and look forward challenges ahead. Thanks Conyers for their help and "Conyers to complete and I have school to talk experiences. Teijin Films at Teesside Making options is never which requires on strengths, "Being part-time the course also suited me as I work full-time."

Phillips, who is studying at CardiffUniversity, said came to Conyers sixth Form attended another sixth " Just one year in, Abbey got her first job in a school as a teaching assistant and a promotion to a higher level teaching assistant quickly followed.

Conyers hopes that its January making these Conyers Conyers to be very student with help available from both and support staffwho always of their way to help you out She said: "It is even more rewarding " Two months later Richard, 37, was offered a job working in one-to-one support before going on to work as a teaching assistant.

always remember my time fondly as it is the place came out of my shell." Todd, studying for an in chemical engineering, Conyers sixth Form gave start through school and A-level choice. I had interested in sciences brilliant advice on my Now considering studying for his Master's, Richard said: "It is one of those things in life where you think it is going to be too hard, but then you look back realise it was quite easy. You see how much you have achieved. It has flown by.

"When you are at the top of your game in one profession and you move to another you have to resign supported me in my decision an apprenticeship, yourself to the fact you are starting again, but it has been worth it.

been invited back into to others about my I now work with Dupont while studying part-time University.

"I love my job, I love the kids and I love the school that I'm in."

decisions about post-16 easy, as it is a process discussion and reflection interests and aspirations.

For more information about the routes into teaching with Stockton Riverside College visit our Higher Education Open Event on Wednesday June 13, 5pm-7pm, call our information team on 01642 865566 or visit www.stockton.ac.uk/courses/education-training/ sixth Form, therefore, open evening on Tuesday, 12, will be helpful in important decisions. sixth Form look forward to than I thought it would be. When you try to teach something to a child who is struggling and they finally get it, it is a big achievement both for the child and also for yourself.

RICHARD For mature student Richard Smith, choosing to retrain was a bold move. He started out on a parttime level 2 course in supporting teaching and learning at Stockton Riverside College and has worked the way up to full degree level. Of his decision to retrain, having previously worked in retail area management, he said: "I decided was going to bite the bullet left my job. I signed up the course and took a job dinner staff in a school to my face known."

Two months later Richard,

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