Professional Development and School Experience 3

Module summary

Module code: TEAC1089
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Education
Module Coordinator(s): Katharine Vallely


Pre and co requisites

Students must have passed professional Development and School Experience 2 and have demonstrated at least satisfactory attendance and engagement in the taught element of the programme.


The overarching aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to support the learning of children within the Early Years and / or Primary age phase and the opportunity to meet the current professional standards.

• To further build on the skills, knowledge and understanding students have gained during their previous school experiences and to enable them to confidently implement all of the aspects of teaching which they will have met during the taught courses so as to effectively promote learning.
• To further develop their confidence and ability to take responsibility for the planning, teaching and learning of both groups of children and the whole class across the whole curriculum. For the majority of the placement they will be expected to take responsibility for planning, teaching and assessing the whole class.
• To enable them to draw upon their knowledge and critical understanding of a wide range of conceptualisations of good / effective teaching and use this routinely and consistently in their teaching, including the ability to demonstrate that they meet the current professional standards.
• To enable them to reflect critically on their teaching and their progress as a teacher and to use those reflections to improve the children’s learning and their own teaching and development.

The course also aims to give students regular opportunities to meet with personal tutors, in both groups and individually to reflect on their personal, professional and academic development to date and set future targets.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Routinely and confidently take responsibility for planning, teaching and evaluating lessons delivered to the whole class across the curriculum (TS1, TS2, TS3, TS4, TS5, TS6, TS7).
2 Confidently use a range assessment methods to provide feedback and promote learning and apply this knowledge consistently and routinely in their teaching (TS2, TS4, TS6).
3 Demonstrate their knowledge and conceptual understanding of the impact that a range of factors have on learning and use this knowledge consistently and routinely in their professional practice to plan effectively for the needs of children in their class and promote inclusion (TS1, TS2, TS5, TS6, TS8).
4 Demonstrate their knowledge and critical understanding of a range of conceptualisations of effective teaching and apply this routinely and consistently within their professional practice to promote the progress and learning of the children in their class (TS1, TS2, TS4, TS5, TS7, Part 2).
5 To demonstrate their understanding of the statutory responsibilities in relation to the role of a teacher and apply this routinely within their own practice (TS8, Part 2).
6 To reflect consistently and routinely upon and critically evaluate their own practice and progress towards the Teachers’ Standards and identify aspects of their own professional learning and set targets for their development both academically and professionally (TS4, TS6, TS8, Part 2).

Indicative content

The students’ experiences in schools will be managed by school based mentors, in consultation with the University. The content of the final school experience must enable students to demonstrate meeting the current professional standards. Typically this will include:

• Opportunities to plan for, teach and evaluate the learning of both groups of children and the whole class across the curriculum;
• Opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the relevant statutory and non-statutory curricula and subject knowledge to enable effective teaching which impacts positively on the learning and progress of the children;
• Opportunities to observe skilled practitioners teaching children with a range strengths and needs and to reflect on their teaching and consider how to adapt their teaching to meet the needs of the children;
• Opportunities to monitor, assess and record the achievements and progress of the children taught and to use this information to inform their own planning;
• Opportunities to discuss, observe and plan for the learning of groups of children with diverse strengths and needs including, for example, children with SEND, EAL and more able children as appropriate;
• Opportunities to engage in regular school based training opportunities which are personalised to meet the needs of the student;
• Opportunities to further develop their knowledge of their statutory responsibilities as a teacher;
• Opportunities to work alongside a range of education professionals and establish effective professional relationships with parents / carers;
• Regular opportunities to discuss and reflect upon their own teaching with a skilled practitioner;
• Regular evaluation of own progress with support of a mentor, university link tutor and personal tutor (as appropriate) and action planning of strategies to support the targets set.