TE7059 - Professionalism & Inclusive Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of learning and teaching issues related to current practice in early primary education. You will learn about the nature of pedagogy particularly within the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One (KS1) and how this is central to your professional practice as a teacher. You will be encouraged to make links between theory and practice by reflecting on your observations and experience in the classroom. Your learning will be set within the context of contemporary issues such as:
• Equality, Inclusion & Diversity in Education
• Behaviour for Learning
• Assessment: Principles & Practice
• Safeguarding
• Cultural & Political perspectives of Education
• Theoretical Principles, Learning & Children
• Professional Responsibility & Practice

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of compulsory university-based weekend training, online materials and school-based opportunities that aim to underpin professional learning with academic knowledge and critical understanding. Your engagement with online materials and tasks, regular tutorials (telephone or face to face) lectures, seminars, and workshops (held during weekends) will provide you with opportunities to reflect on your school-based experiences and to develop an appreciation of the importance of integrating practice and theory. Your learning will be enhanced through a combination of distance learning and engagement in a ‘community of practice’ where experiential, collaborative and individualised independent strategies will enable you to develop the personal, professional and transferable skills associated with outstanding newly qualified teachers. The expertise and experience of university-based tutors together with visiting head teachers and school leaders will ensure your learning is grounded in current best practice. In addition to university-based input, you will be required to complete a series of online and school-based tasks in relation to the contemporary issues outlined above. This will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the nature of primary education in contemporary society. You will be encouraged to make full use of established social and professional networking tools in addition to the online resources provided by the university to enhance your learning and support your academic and professional development. A central aspect of this will be the utilisation of the eLP and Pebble+ through which you will create an Individual Learning and Development Portfolio (ILDP) that will help you to track your progress against Teachers’ Standards (2012) and aid your transition to employment. The nature of the distance-learning programme will require you to be a good independent learner; self-motivating and able to manage your time effectively in order to complete all requirements.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Successful academic achievement requires a system of robust support and guidance to help you focus on your learning needs. In addition to the pastoral support you will receive, university tutors will provide guidance and academic counselling to ensure that you are able to confidently engage with the academic rigour of this module. This dialogue will be face to face during weekend training and tutorials, which will be based on your completion of, and reflection on the online materials. Your allocated professional tutor will also be in regular communication throughout the programme. Due to the programme being distance-based this will be through face-to-face meeting, telephone, and email or Skype conversation. Extensive support is also accessible online as part of the University’s commitment to technology enhanced learning. This employs the use of the e-learning portal (Blackboard including Pebble+) and social networking and collaborative tools.
A central feature of the academic support available to you is the service provided by the University Library. This 24/7 service caters for all your learning needs, has extensive access to electronic texts and tutorials that will directly support the development of academic skills aimed at improving your critical thinking and analytical writing.

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:
• Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of theories and models of learning in relation to primary education;
• Develop a critical understanding of the relationship between policy, pedagogy and professionalism;
• Develop a knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary issues and how they impact on your practice and children’s learning;
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Systematically investigate and critically reflect upon the underpinning ideologies, philosophies and perspectives of education and how these impact upon primary education;
• Critically analyse and debate the role of the primary teacher and the nature of professionalism in this context;
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Reflect on and improve your practice, taking responsibility for identifying and meeting your developing professional needs;
• Identify and comment reflectively upon the values which underpin primary education in the UK.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Diagnostic Task: A short, written response to a given article. (500 – 750 words)
The aim of this task is to introduce you to expectations of academic writing on the PGCE and provide you with feedback that will support your assessed submissions.

Summative Assessment
You are required to pass the following component resulting in one overall grade:

A Case Study analysis requiring a critical response. A written assignment. 4000 words

KU (1,2,3,); IPSA (1,2); PVA (2,)

In addition to the percentage grades given as part of this summative process, you will receive detailed, formative feedback to support your on-going academic work.


Good honours degree.


PGCE Primary Modules:

Module abstract

‘Professionalism and Inclusive Practice’ is the module that will help you to fully understand the role of the Primary teacher. You will be guided and supported by the tutor team, including partnership staff, as you reflect on your school based experiences, online materials and develop an informed perspective as you learn about contemporary issues facing primary education. Your employability will be strengthened as a result of your learning in this module and you will develop a critical understanding of how research at the forefront of the discipline supports your professional capacity and effectiveness in the classroom. Annual student feedback suggests that this module impacts significantly on learning and directly supports their evidence towards the Teachers’ Standards (2012) and award of 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 2020

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