Keane, E., Heinz., M., and Lynch, A.
APT is a SoE project, funded by the HEA aimed at diversifying the teaching profession. At the project launch and schools event day on May 21st, over 100 senior cycle pupils from schools across the Border-Midlands-Western (BMW) region, teachers from these schools, and the APT project participants, participated in the day-long event, which featured contributions from Professor Liz Thomas (Director and Chair, Widening Participation Research Centre, Edge Hill University, England), and a number of teachers and student teachers who entered Higher Education through alternative routes and who shared their personal testimonies and journeys. Workshops were also held to support the school pupils higher education and career planning, including in relation to teaching as a career. Also in attendance were representatives from the Department of Education and Skills (Eilish Bergin and Sarah Kearns) and the Higher Education Authority (Neil McDermott, Senior Manager, Access Policy).