The annual North South Student Teacher Exchange project is funded by SCoTENS and managed by the Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) in partnership with the participating colleges. The participating student teachers spend three weeks in colleges of education and on school placements in the other jurisdiction, with all travel and accommodations costs paid by the project. Students on teaching practice during the North-South Student Teacher Exchange Project are assessed by both the host college in the other jurisdiction and their home college. There will be a minimum of two supervisory visits to the placement school and the instrument of assessment normally used by the home college will be used. Each student also has an Observation Day in their placement school in advance of the exchange. This gives students an opportunity to get to know their placement school and its teachers, observe its teaching and learning methods, and prepare teaching materials in advance of their placement.
This is an innovative cross-border exchange project and SCoTENS is interested in learning how it helps to overcome barriers, reduce prejudice and lead to increasing co-operation between colleges of education and their students on the island of Ireland. Students are required to participate in two evaluation procedures as part of their overall participation in the project: a simple questionnaire and an Evaluation Day for students and lecturers at the conclusion of the project.
The 2019-2020 North-South Student Exchange Project will involve 10 students from five colleges of education:
- Stranmillis University College, Belfast;
- St Mary’s University College, Belfast;
- DCU Institute of Education, Drumcondra, Dublin;
- Marino Institute of Education, Dublin; and
- Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, NUI Maynooth.