PGCE Art & Design, Artist in Residence scheme AiR

Trainee teachers:  Francesca Probert and Daniel Williams
Primary School: Ysgol Y Ddraig, Llantwit Major.
September 19th – October 13th 2016

This unique four-week placement gave us the confidence to step into the teaching/learning environment with our first secondary school placements starting shortly.

Armed with two weeks of induction we quickly sampled the real world of planning, teaching and learning. Although we had the introductory theory, teaching your first class is a real step into the unknown!


The AiR theme this year was ‘Telling Tales’ and this wide-open topic worked nicely with Ysgol Y Ddraig’s BFG theme. AiR has allowed us to be experimental and creative with our projects and through the art of ‘creating’ we’ve encouraged our pupils to take risks and experiment.

We’re in a very supportive school and we’re very grateful for the help we’ve received from all the staff. One of the benefits of this residency is the ‘paired placement’, allowing us to bounce ideas off one another, discuss the progress of learners and to evaluate our next steps.

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