TE6673 - Professional Studies 3

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What will I learn on this module?

Throughout this module you will explore professional practice within the context of the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2012), you will learn to participate in reflective and critical debate upon issues that impact on your forthcoming role of the primary teacher and as a professional in the 21st Century. We provide opportunities for you to critically reflect upon major issues relating to your own pedagogy with a coherent and flexible understanding of learning and teaching, within your future role as a primary teacher. You will be able to critically reflect upon the role and purpose of government initiatives, legal requirements and responsibilities, other agencies and governing bodies and partnerships with a variety of people including parents, colleagues and other professionals. You will understand the changing nature and complexity of primary educational provision and underpinning policies. You will recognise your personal and professional responsibility for continuing professional development as part of lifelong learning in a profession. As an autonomous professional you will be able to critically reflect upon and analyse your own development to set personal targets for your continued professional development, and recognise your areas of strengths which can contribute to a strong job application. We will help you prepare for the transition into the teaching profession with an opportunity to take part in a mock application process from written application through to a mock interview.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, tutorials, and independent learning. Throughthe professional tutorial system you will be supported in your development throughout the module. You participate in a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops which will provide you with opportunities to reflect on your school-based experiences and develop an appreciation of the importance of integrating practice and learning theory. Your learning will be situated in distinct ‘communities of practice’ where experiential, collaborative and individualised strategies will enable you to develop the personal, professional and transferable skills associated with outstanding Newly Qualified Teachers. There will be a strong emphasis on our widening partnership with professionals in schools, especially from school leaders as you look towards future job applications and gaining subsequent employment.

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, the tutors involved in delivering this module 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 in lectures, seminars or tutorials and is an essential aspect of the programme’s assessment for learning strategy. 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 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:
1. Secure your understanding of the changing nature and complexity of developing role of the teacher as a professional, through participating in reflective and critical debate upon issues that impact upon the underpinning thinking of; government initiatives, policy, legal requirements and responsibilities, other agencies and governing bodies and partnerships with a variety of people including parents, colleagues and other professions and professionals in education.
2. Critically reflect upon major issues relating to the development of a coherent and flexible understanding of learning, thinking, teaching and creativity within your future role as a ‘Newly Qualified Teacher’.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Critically reflect upon and analyse your own development as an autonomous professional related to your experience in educational contexts across the relevant age phase(s) to enable you to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2012) for QTS, via an (ICT based) professional portfolio across the relevant age phase(s)
4. Utilise the professional body requirements, literature in the field (including inspection and research evidence) alongside the taught elements of this module and your learning in educational contexts, in order to analyse the above to develop your personal professional profile and support your future employability.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Recognise your personal and professional responsibility for continuing professional development as part of life-long learning in a profession, set personal targets for your development and recognise your areas of strength; in preparation for the transition to becoming a ‘Newly Qualified Teacher’

Due to the professional nature of the programme and the external regulatory body for teachers, all the module level objectives above also contribute directly to your ability to: Demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2012) for QTS, via an (ICT based) professional portfolio across the relevant age phase(s)

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment:
This will take the form of a mock Interview including; a written application, personal statement and interview presentation.

• The assessment brings together all technological, written and presentation skills at L6.

• Your tutors will be looking for your ability to be successful at interview via your written application and personal statement and during the mock interview and presentation process.

• High quality formative feedback will provided on all aspects of your performance so you can close the gap between and current skills and desired performance to achieve successful offer of employment.
Part 1 - Written job application inc. personal statement in response to identified employment criteria (1500 words).
Part 2 - Mock interview presentation upon an educational issue and response(s) (1000 words).

(KU 1, 2; iPSA 3, 4; PVA 5)

Pre-requisite(s)

Educational Research and Enquiry 1 & 2
Educational Placements 1 & 2
Professional Studies 1 & 2
Curriculum Studies 1 & 2
Enhanced

Co-requisite(s)

Educational Research & Enquiry 3
Educational Placements 3
Curriculum Studies 3
Enhanced Curriculum Studies 3

Module abstract

In this module you will consolidate your critical understanding of the roles and responsibilities that impact on the developing role of the teacher as a professional in relation to the Teachers Standards (DfE, 2012). In particular the module aims to enable you to consider your own continuing professional development in relation to your transition into the induction year of teaching as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). The module will help you to consider a range of issues in relation to the legislation for education and the child and family. You will analyse major issues relating to the development of a coherent and flexible understanding of learning, thinking and teaching within your future role as a primary teacher. You will be able to critically reflect upon the role and purpose of government initiatives, legal requirements and responsibilities, other agencies and governing bodies and partnerships with a variety of people including parents, colleagues and other professions and professionals, enabling you to discuss the knowledge required for you to work in multi-professional contexts.

You will debate the complexities and implications of the research and inspection evidence on the role of the teacher as a professional, enabling you to synthesise, analyse and reflect upon evidence of your own development towards becoming a newly qualified teacher, collected via your personal professional portfolio. You will become responsible for your personal and professional continuing professional development as part of your lifelong learning within the teaching profession. To this end, you will be able to critically reflect upon and analyse your own development as an autonomous professional and to set personal targets for development which build on your areas of strengths. You will be supported to prepare you for the transition into the teaching profession and gain employment and demonstrate an outstanding use of technology, all of which will enhance your employment potential.

Course info

UCAS Code X120

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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