Golden mo­ment for teacher am­bas­sador

Stockport Express - - History -

A HU­MAN­I­TIES teacher from the To­gether Trust’s Ashcroft School in Chea­dle has be­come a UK par­lia­ment teacher am­bas­sador.

Bev­erly Wheeler took part in a pro­gramme de­signed to help teach­ers en­gage their col­leagues and stu­dents with democ­racy.

In Jan­uary, Bev­er­ley spent three days in Lon­don, join­ing 50 teach­ers from across the sec­tor.

After the ini­tial train­ing, the co­hort were tasked with putting their learn­ing into prac­tice and, if suc­cess­ful, the teach­ers would be awarded bronze, sil­ver or gold grade.

Bev­er­ley, who gained the high­est accolade, is now the proud holder of the gold teacher am­bas­sador status.

She achieved this through an in­te­grated work pro­gramme that saw stu­dents and staff par­tic­i­pate in learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties based around par­lia­ment, di­ver­sity and Bri­tish val­ues.

Bev­er­ley worked with To­gether Trust’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions team to in­vite Mary Robin­son, the MP for Chea­dle, to visit Ashcroft School on Schools Hill.

Bev­er­ley said: “For a lot of our young peo­ple, pol­i­tics can seem like a world not for them.

“By ques­tion­ing Mary Robin­son on top­ics as far rang­ing as po­lice bud­gets and her favourite food, stu­dents could see that their opin­ions do mat­ter.”

Bev­erly also cre­ated an AQA unit award and re­source which can be used by teach­ers any­where in the UK. It was this con­tri­bu­tion that helped en­sure she re­ceived the high­est award.

Bev­er­ley said: “Young peo­ple to­day are en­ter­ing into a dif­fi­cult world – univer­sity fees have sky-rock­eted, jobs are harder to come by and house prices are astro­nom­i­cal.

“Be­cause of this, a lot of young peo­ple feel dis­af­fected by pol­i­tics. I hope that through ap­ply­ing my train­ing stu­dents from across the coun­try can be­come more en­gaged with pol­i­tics and un­der­stand that their voice does count.”

●●Bev­er­ley Wheeler with her UK par­lia­ment teacher am­bas­sador award

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