TE6685 - Primary Professional Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn how to apply your theoretical, pedagogical and subject knowledge in a school based setting. This will take the form of non-assessed practical placements and initial and final assessed placements. During all of these placements you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, understanding and ability to work autonomously and as part of a team in professional contexts of primary schools and related educational settings across the 3-11 age range. You will be expected to independently plan, teach, manage, monitor and assess across the appropriate curriculum within the 3-11 age range and where appropriate with the help of experienced professionals within the educational context. You will develop valuable skills including the ability to critically reflect, analyse and evaluate your personal and professional understanding and practice in early years and primary educational settings in order to set and action professional targets. You will develop a sound knowledge of curriculum pedagogy in core and foundation subjects including the use of ICT, for the relevant age phases 3-11, through operating with increasing independence in primary educational settings. This module is designed to enable you to meet the standards and requirements for qualified teacher status.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through school-based practice how to develop your theoretical, pedagogical and subject knowledge in classroom practice including the use of ICT across the curriculum, for the relevant age phases of Early Years, Key Stages 1 and 2. You will apply this knowledge through the planning, delivery and assessment of effective lessons within the primary curriculum ages 3-11. You will continually reflect upon the effectiveness of your own practice in order to achieve improved outcomes for the children within the setting and action your own continued professional development. You will develop a range of other professional skills including your ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, communicate effectively, adopt a flexible approach, be highly organised and overcome professional challenges through being dedicated and resilient. The combination of all of these skills will allow you to gather evidence in support of the Teachers Standards 2012 and requirements for qualified teacher status.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

A significant amount of the year will be spent in schools in both an assessed and non-assessed capacity. You will be supported in school by the expertise of an experienced teacher who will act as your mentor. Your mentor, following the guidance provided by the University, will support you in reviewing progress and setting targets to help you fulfil your potential as a teacher. Using a placement specific tutoring system, the University will monitor your progress and support you in school. This network of support will ensure that you make the best possible progress and are well prepared for your transition into teaching. You will be assigned a link tutor who will visit you during assessed school placement to support you with all of the placement requirements and expectations; this will include carrying out lesson observations and providing constructive feedback in order to promote further progress and a positive, successful outcome.
You will attend face-to-face sessions during both of the compulsory weekend training sessions led by the placements module leader on the PGCE Early Primary Programme. This member of the academic team will provide support and guidance relating to the appropriate use of all placement documentation whilst on school placement, outline all of the placement expectations and offer support with gathering evidence in relation to the Teachers Standards 2012. Prior to each of the assessed placements you will attend a placement surgery led by the module leader and programme leader to further support you in preparation for each school placement. Throughout the assessed school placements the module leader will be your University based contact should you have any further queries.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Independently observe, plan, teach, manage, monitor and assess within the primary curriculum 3-11 and where appropriate with the help of experienced professionals within the educational contexts.
• Demonstrate your subject knowledge and pedagogy, including the use of ICT, across the curriculum, for the relevant age phases of Early Years, Key Stages 1 and 2, by operating with independence in primary educational settings using, as appropriate, help and support from experienced professionals.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Be able to use your knowledge, understanding and ability to work autonomously and as part of a team in professional contexts of primary schools and related educational settings.
• Develop a range of professional and competency based skills in a professional context including those specified in Standard 8 and Part Two of the Teachers Standards 2012.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Critically reflect upon, analyse and evaluate your personal and professional understanding and practice in primary educational settings in order to set and action continued professional development in order to meet the requirements specified in Teachers Standards 2012.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
You are required to successfully complete two non-assessed practical placements (including the completion of school based tasks) as part of the PGCE Early Primary programme as follows:
1. In Year 1: 26 days in total (this will include 5 days inclusion and diversity focus placement and 5 days behaviour management focus placement) KU (1, 2); IPSA (1, 2); PVA (1).
2. In Year 2: 24 days in total (this will include 5 days subject enhancement focus placement) KU (1, 2); IPSA (1, 2); PVA (1).
A student’s professional tutor reviews progress of the school-based tasks, feedback is provided on a small sample of their reflection writing following school-based tasks.

Summative Assessment
You are required to pass both of the following components:
1. Initial Assessed Placement (On the PGCE Early Primary Programme this is 8 weeks in total, 6 of which are assessed). KU (1, 2); IPSA (1,2); PVA (1).
2. Final Assessed Placement (On the PGCE Early Primary Programme this is 8 weeks in total, 6 of which are assessed). KU (1, 2); IPSA (1, 2); PVA (1).
3. Q.T.S Standards Portfolio PVA (1).

During the assessed weeks within each of the placements weekly grades are awarded to the student by the school based mentor and/or link tutor and recorded on a tracking system. Verbal and written feedback is provided to the student following each lesson observation.
Following the successful completion of final assessed placement students are required to present a portfolio of evidence in support of the Teachers Standards 2012. The presentation is delivered through pebble+ to an academic member of staff.

Pre-requisite(s)

A good honours degree.

Co-requisite(s)

PGCE Primary Modules:
• PIP
• LTA
• CCC

Module abstract

‘Primary Professional Practice’ is the module that will help you to develop as an emerging professional teacher. You will have the opportunity to develop your subject, theoretical and pedagogical knowledge in a practical setting. Through the successful completion of non-assessed practical placements and two assessed school placements you will have the opportunity to develop the necessary pre-requisite skills to become an effective primary teacher. Prior to placement experience you will attend lectures and tutorials aimed at preparing you for a successful placement experience. You will receive guidance and continual support from academic (including a link tutor) and school-based staff throughout your placement experience to maximise your own learning outcomes, encourage you to reflect upon your practice and to fulfil all of the placement expectations. Through the network of support that you will receive it is anticipated that you will find the school based practice a highly rewarding experience and one that will equip you to become a successful and effective teacher. As a graduate of this programme you can expect to be highly successful in gaining a teaching post. Over 50% of students typically secure their first teaching posts before completion with this figure rising to over 90% within 3 months of graduation.

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn how to apply your theoretical, pedagogical and subject knowledge in a school based setting. This will take the form of non-assessed placements and initial and final assessed placements. During all of these placements, you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, understanding and ability to work autonomously and as part of a team in professional contexts of primary schools and related educational settings across the 3-7 age range. You will be expected to independently plan, teach, manage, monitor and assess across the appropriate curriculum within the 3-7 age range and where appropriate with the help of experienced professionals within the educational context. You will develop valuable skills including the ability to critically reflect, analyse and evaluate your personal and professional understanding and practice in early years and primary educational settings in order to set and action professional targets. You will develop a sound knowledge of curriculum pedagogy in core and foundation subjects including the use of ICT, for the relevant age phases 3-7, through operating with increasing independence in primary educational settings. This module is designed to enable you to meet the standards and requirements for qualified teacher status.

Course info

UCAS Code 2F34

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years distance learning

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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