Supporting student teachers – trying to prevent a problem before it arises

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Introduction and Aims
Several studies have shown there is some immediate benefit of preventative training for teachers and student teachers but a more research is needed as this benefit is not often sustained. We introduced voice hygiene at an early stage in student teacher training and followed this up with materials designed to stimulate self-management throughout participants’ teacher training programme. Our aim was to evaluate whether or not this approach was valuable.
A cohort (n=900) of post-graduate student teachers attended a voice-care lecture. They were invited to access a voice care site through the university’s VLE platform. Weekly messages were sent to all registered students while they were on placement, consisting of key voice care strategies: voice rest, breath control, hydration, relaxation and managing stress. An online survey was taken at four time points: before starting placement and after completing each of three block placements. The survey included questions from the VHI10 and feedback on the weekly messaging used.
Sixty-five students opted in to the VLE voice care site. VHI10 scores ranged from 0-16 pre placement, 1-19 after placement one, 1-10 after placement two and 2-10 after placement three. Feedback of the weekly messaging was positive.
Return rates were low and this may reflect the busy nature of the student teacher training experience. Student teachers may not become aware of voice problems until they arise. VHI10 scores were lower later in the academic year, and the general view from those who took part was that the weekly messaging system was a valuable reminder.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 27 Sept 2019
EventCutting Edge Laryngology 2019 - Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Sept 201927 Sept 2019


ConferenceCutting Edge Laryngology 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • student teachers
  • student teacher training
  • voice hygine
  • self management


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