I had a student ask me this during a small group session with some of their class’ lowest ability students. With their exams only a couple of months away, I was trying desperately to engage these kids in what they were learning - cracking some jokes with them, allowing them the freedom to dictate the direction of their creative response, all in an effort to help them engage with the complex nature of the tasks.
The past two months have had me thinking of Anatoli Burgoski; the unfortunate Soviet scientist who stuck his head into a live particle accelerator and swiftly received a right hook from a proton. One minute you’re fiddling with a wire and the next you’ve got a tunnel seared through your skull.
I thoroughly enjoyed working for Yipiyap in my gap year. So much so that I'd been dead set on coming back ever since I left to start my Sociology degree at the University of Manchester. Well, three years later, here I am again.
I think that children with emotional difficulties as a result of a disturbed home life are one of the most misunderstood groups of people in society. As a consequence of trauma and inadequate upbringing, these children often lack emotional control and struggle to properly understand the nature of relationships.
I worked at Yipiyap back in 2012 during my gap year. When Anne contacted me about the job, I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to do something constructive, rewarding and challenging in my year off.
My time at Yipiyap has been really amazing, and has been a real eye-opener for me. Having come straight out of a grammar school where everyone is in their own little bubble, I have learnt that education does not come easily to everyone.
Conservation of our closest biological relatives is an issue I find extremely important. The Bornean Orangutan is critically endangered, but due to the lack of funding from the governments of Borneo, they have only recently reached this conservation status, despite being close to extinction in the wild for over a decade.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to experience the full range of support that Yipiyap offer to schools. This has not only been a great opportunity for myself, but also for my personal development. Though primarily focused on group sessions and in-class support, I was also part of an alternative provision by catering to a student waiting for a school placement.
‘So what is your plan for next year?’ It’s quite obviously the question on everyone's lips in the last year of sixth form. My plan was always to have a gap year, but I think like most people, I was honestly spoiled for choice over what I would do for the year- caught between the temptation of laying on a beach for a year… getting some work experience… finding an internship?
Hi, my name is Claire and I am currently a tutor at yipiyap. As I only started as a tutor at the beginning of March, my gap year so far has involved a mixture of different things and I would like to share with you what I have been doing.
Originally I was meant to be based in a school 5 days a week however when the school had to change their plans at short notice, Anne put forward the suggestion of me working with a looked after child 1 to 1 in the home. There was no pressure from Anne and at first I was very sceptical about the placement but from the first day I could tell it would be successful.
On the 23rd November, three of the Yipiyap tutors who are applying for Medicine, including myself, went to visit the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, which has links to the Christie hospital, for talks and a tour.
I have recently taken part in an Army selection event to join The Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s regiment: an intensive three-day residential course, designed to rigorously access your overall capabilities and potential for a career in the Army.
The F1 in schools is the largest STEM competition in the world. The competition has over 40 competing countries each with 150 teams. After becoming the English champions at the UK nationals, team Sixth Degree was invited to compete in the 2016 World Finals held in Austin, Texas in October. Over the next 6 months we worked very diligently to gain sponsorship from companies such as, Airbus, Urenco and Nissan.
It’s definitely been a change of pace for me; going from a student to a teacher’s position in a matter of months. Fascinating and eye-opening would be some relevant terms to describe it all. Not only witnessing, but being part of the ‘behind the scenes’ of the type of work that goes into education has truly been enchanting.