May 26 2017

Nil By Mouth Education Officer, Jamie Lithgow, gives a thumbs up to Strathclyde’s PGDE students

Students at a leading UK University took the chance to learn more about tackling bigotry through education this week as Nil by Mouth visited the University of Strathclyde.

More than 350 students on the University’s PDGE course, specialising in primary and secondary education, attended guest lectures from Nil by Mouth Education Officer Jamie Lithgow focusing on how a teacher can approach this complex issue with pupils and parents. He also provided information on a range of resources available to schools to develop their anti-sectarian work.

The university has been a strong supporter of Nil by Mouth’s work for more than a decade with guest lectures, CPD training and placements being offered to education and social work students through the charity’sBeyond Religion and Beliefprogramme. The aim of this partnership is to equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to address sectarianism in the classroom and beyond.

This annual event is a real highlight in the charity’s calendar with more than 1,000 students taking part over recent years. Many students who take part have subsequently worked with the charity after beginning their careers in schools across Scotland.

During the 2016/17 academic year, Nil by Mouth have also hosted placements for several Strathclyde students studying for undergraduate teaching degrees providing them with invaluable classroom experience delivering the charity’s ‘Champions for Change’ schools programme.

Jamie Lithgow said:
‘We are delighted to have been invited back to Strathclyde to present at this conference. Our schools programme has gone from strength to strength in recent years and the support we have received from Strathclyde graduates has played a huge part in this.  It’s always fantastic to receive invitations to visit schools from PDGE graduates and this allows us to take our programmes right across Scotland. We are always struck by the levels of commitment and imagination shown by Strathclyde PGDE students and staff and we wish them all the best as they start out on their new adventures next term.’