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School of Environment, Education and Development

SEED in schools

There are three key areas that SEED show commitment to schools: Act:on tutoring, talks in schools and professional training.

We also offer a range of professional doctorates for students interest in school leadership or child counselling and psychology.

SEED is also training future generations of teachers through our PGCE courses.

Act:on tutoring

SEED have partnered with Act:on tutoring to offer Manchester students the opportunity to further develop key transferable skills whilst at The University of Manchester, while supporting children’s learning in the local community.

Act:on tutoring place volunteers in secondary schools, for just an hour a week for eight weeks. We support pupils preparing for GCSEs on the C/D borderline in English, Maths or Science. Our aim is to help students leave school with five A-C GCSEs including English and Maths, to increase their chances of going onto further education, employment or training.

Volunteering with Act:on tutoring is a great way to meet fellow students, build your CV and develop communication and interpersonal skills. We will give references on completion of the programme if desired and if you’re interested in teaching as a career, it’s a fantastic chance to get experience working in a school. Successful completion of volunteering activity will be acknowledged on your graduation transcript.

The tutoring usually happens after school or on Saturday mornings and we run programmes during autumn, spring and summer terms. We aim to place you in a nearby school and match you with 1-2 pupils in your chosen subject. All tutoring takes place on the school premises at the same time each week, with training and resources provided. We will also process a DBS check for you if you don’t already have one.

To apply for Act:on tutoring all you need to do is complete the short online application form.

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Professional training

Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) offers a range of courses from Undergraduate to Doctoral studies (some part time and/or distance learning), including PGCE and MA Educational Leadership.

SEED also work closely with a range of wider University initiatives who promote school engagement, including:

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Talks in schools

Many of our academic staff make a commitment to visit schools and colleagues to talk about their work, at all levels, either as part of specific project, or in relation to our undergraduate recruitment.

Recent talks include:

  • Alex Baratta, Lecturer, English Language for Education - Presents on the topics of academic writing, linguistics and EFL as part of the Bsc. English Language for Education.
  • Wilfred Theakstone, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, SEED - Presented 'Glaciers' to Year 9 classes at North Cestrian Grammar School

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