Professional Development and School Experience 1

Module summary

Module code: TEAC1081
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Education
Module Coordinator(s): Rachel Wolfendale


Pre and co requisites



The overarching aim of this course is to provide students with a solid foundation to demonstrate progressively the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to support the learning of children within the Early years and / or Primary age phase.

• To begin to develop students’ understanding of learning in the primary school and develop their confidence of engaging with children to promote learning.
• To introduce and familiarise students with the Teachers’ Standards.
• With support from an experienced practitioner, to begin to develop their ability to take responsibility for the planning, teaching and learning of groups of children and progressing to whole class teaching.
• To support students to develop their skills to reflect on their own progress as a teacher and, with support, to plan for further development both against the Teachers’ Standards and in their academic study.
• To introduce students to the requirements and skills of working at degree level

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 course a student will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an emerging ability, with support, to plan, teach and evaluate parts of a lesson or a whole lesson delivered either to groups or the whole class (TS1, TS2, TS3, TS4, TS5, TS6, TS7)
2 Demonstrate some knowledge of a range of assessment methods and with support, use this to assess and record the progress or a chosen group of children, promote learning and inform planning (TS2, TS4, TS6)
3 Recognise how children’s learning can be affected by their physical, intellectual, linguistic, social and emotional development and with support use this inform planning and teaching (TS1, TS2, TS5, TS6, TS8)
4 Recognise a number of conceptualisations of effective teaching and demonstrate an emerging ability to use this in their own practice (TS1, TS2, TS4, TS5, TS7, Part 2)
5 Recognise their responsibility for promoting progress in the learning of the children that they are working with (TS1, TS2, TS4, TS5, TS7, Part 2)
6 Demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the role of a teacher (TS8, Part 2)
7 Evaluate, with increasing independence, their progress against the standards and set targets for further development against the Teachers’ Standards and in their academic study. (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 school experience must enable students to demonstrate progress towards the current professional standards. This will typically include:
• Opportunities to engage in regular school based training opportunities which are personalised to meet the needs of the student;
• Opportunities to plan for, teach and evaluate the learning of groups of children and as the placement progresses, the whole class;
• Opportunities to observe skilled practitioners teaching children with a range strengths and needs and to reflect on their teaching;
• 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;
• 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.