Primary Education students show industry knowledge during education debate


A group of Level 6 Primary Education students at Leeds Trinity University took part in a recent debate at their Main Campus in Horsforth, organised as part of their module work, to discuss challenges facing the education sector.

Students sitting across from each other at a Primary Education debate at Leeds Trinity University..

The debate prompted productive and research-led conversations on topics such as child poverty, statutory testing and mental health and wellbeing, which showcased the students’ enthusiasm and passion for education. The debate was organised by Sarah Cummins, module leader and Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Leeds Trinity University, to encourage active and evidence-informed discussion, while helping students to develop their public speaking skills.

The activity was a great success, with students confidently displaying their knowledge of education and current topics that shape the sector in front of fellow students and academic staff.

Emily Greenough, Level 6 Primary Education student, said: “The debate was a very enjoyable experience which provided me with much more confidence around public speaking. It was interesting to see other people’s perspectives on topics surrounding education today and reflect on how they compare to my own opinions. This has been the best module over the last three years, offering us a voice in today's education system.”

Sarah Cummins, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Early Years Strand Lead at Leeds Trinity University said: “Engaging in educational debates is a powerful crucible for trainee teachers, forging resilience, refining perspectives and nurturing the art of critical thinking. Trainees have developed their pedagogical prowess, and each discussion has been a stepping stone in their journey adapting to evolving methodologies and empowering them to blossom into educators who foster a dynamic and inclusive learning environment.

“It has been through this discourse, they have emerged not just as educators, but as architects of innovation, armed with the wisdom and voice to shape the future of learning for children.”

The Primary Education programmes at Leeds Trinity University are developed alongside school partners, academic staff and the latest research to ensure courses are current and above and beyond the Department for Education requirements. Students have numerous opportunities to engage in module work in a creative and practical way, developing outstanding skills for a successful career in education.

Dr Aimee Quickfall, Head of the School of Education at Leeds Trinity University, said: “It was a pleasure to be involved in this expertly devised creative module work that brought out real passion and enthusiasm in our students.

“For teachers, it has never been more important to get involved in evidence-informed debate about our education sector. The cost-of-living crisis, mental health and wellbeing issues for children and young people and the role of assessments in education are just a few of the debates we heard from our talented and truly research-informed students. It is fantastic to know that Leeds Trinity graduates are going out into classrooms and settings with the debating and researching skills they will need to improve the lives of children and staff where they work, and beyond – we are so proud of all of them.”

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