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Teachers are eight times more likely to suffer voice problems than any other profession (Voice Care UK).
Newly-qualified teachers are at even greater risk. According to a study by Greenwich University, 50% of NQTs suffer voice loss during their first year in teaching (National Education Union, 2018).
The resulting working days lost cost over £15 million per year in the UK (National Union of Teachers, 2016). The cost in terms of continuity of provision for our pupils – immeasurable.
Yet, despite these damning statistics, a GTCS report into the provision of voice care education in initial teacher education in Scotland found our ITE provision lacking.
New teachers are simply not being supported in developing their understanding of effective use of voice and vocal care.
When we contacted the GTCS to ask how their 2006 report had been followed up, rather than a comprehensive nationwide drive to improve voice care provision for Scotland’s teachers, they replied that it was left up to individual local authorities to respond… and sadly few have.
This is understandable. More pressing concerns such as the Scottish Attainment Challenge are taking priority. However, it is very difficult for teachers to close the poverty-related attainment gap if they are suffering from vocal fatigue or are absent from work with a lost voice.
So, we teamed up with an experienced classroom teacher and university ITE educator to design the short online courseUse and Care of Voice for Teachers.
The voice is a teacher’s most important tool – it is worth investing in.
Who is this course for?
Ideal for teachers of all experience, but particularly suitable for NQTs, the course develops teacher understanding of voice production, vocal variety and vocal health. The relationship between use of voice and classroom presence is highlighted and optional links throughout the course mean the learning journey can be personalised to meet individual professional development needs.
Hopefully this teacher training course enables more effective teaching and less voice problems, so wherever that will take you.
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