This month we hosted our first ever event to celebrate the fantastic work our tutors have done this year. TalentEd at Christmas- Celebrating Those Who Made 2019 a Success, was an opportunity to say a big thank you for the time, effort and passion our tutors dedicate to helping our high-potential, disadvantaged students.
As well as food and drinks, and a Christmas quiz (congratulations to Richard and Andrea for taking the crown) we also lead discussion groups with our tutors, to hear their valuable thoughts and ideas on how we can make our programmes even more impactful.
Here are some of the suggestions from those groups:
- Offering lunch time sessions and encouraging pupils to take the lead during sessions.
- There should be more legal arguments and more cultural concepts to promote awareness and discussion
- Building bonds with students themselves, making sure groups have mixed personalities & gender
- Monitoring and promoting the success of students, for example pupil of the month scheme
- Have past groups present to new groups to boost attendance. Student to student testimonials
We also asked for our tutors’ TalentEd highlights and it was encouraging to hear about engaged, and inquisitive students on the programme who had shown real growth:
‘Changing behaviour – watching students go from quiet and unsure to confident and engaged’
‘Having students value your opinion’ – one tutor had a student stay back and ask her opinion and advice on an art project.
‘Being challenged by students’ – when covering An Inspector Calls a student asked their tutor what she thought of a complex character – which came as an unexpected and pleasant surprise to see a student exercise such inquisitiveness.
We were delighted to spend the evening with some of our tutors and trustees, and we hope they enjoyed it just as much as the TalentEd team did. For those who didn’t make it, a big thank you to everyone who has made TalentEd’s success possible in 2019 and we can’t wait to see the impact our programmes have in the first year of the roaring twenties!
What do you think about our tutor’s feedback? Comment your highlights and ideas below, we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Look out on Facebook for the full event album coming soon!