ED1SX1-School Experience 1

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: ED1PS1 Professional Studies 1
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Miss Cara Broadhurst

Email: c.broadhurst@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
The school placements provide students with an introduction to and early experiences of teaching and learning in order to enable them to begin to demonstrate some of the Teachers’ Standards.

Students undertake school placements with the support of a school and university tutor. ED1PS1, Professional Studies 1, is a co-requisite as it prepares students for the block placement

• To develop a professional attitude throughout the school placement in order to meet Part 2 of the Teachers' Standards
• To enable students to demonstrate their commitment to teaching and the collection of standards evidence
• To bring together theory and practice in developing skills to promote children's learning
• To provide experience of working with small and large groups

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, trainees will be able to:
•make positive and respectful relationships with children and adults, demonstrating professional attitudes and values
•work with a class teacher, school mentor and other staff to devise and implement plans for the teaching and learning of children in the appropriate Key Stage
•teach and manage effectively individuals, groups and the whole class
•demonstrate an appropriate understanding of children's learning and gain insight into good teaching skills through reflecting on children's progress and adapting planning accordingly
•respond positively as a professional, reflective practitioner to constructive criticism and discussion of areas for development

Additional outcomes:
•To enable students to further develop their teaching skills in line with national requirements

Outline content:
Attendance at school placement will include: Discussion with professional colleagues in school: planning and teaching individuals, small groups and the whole class: and becoming involved with the wider life of the school and working to the national Teachers' Standards.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The student will work alongside an experienced teacher and will implement the ideas and principles met during the taught modules ED1PS1, ED1AC1, ED1AC2, ED1AC3, ED1EC1, ED1MP1 & ED1SP1. They will learn through discussion, reflection, teacher feedback and gaining practical experience. The placement school experience involves 3 single day visits in the autumn term linked to subject specialism, 10 single day visits during the remainder of the autumn term and spring term, a 3 and a half week block school placement in the spring term and 2 single day visits in the summer term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Total hours by term
Total hours for module

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Satisfactory progress towards meeting the national Teachers' Standards as demonstrated through an Evidence Log and reported by the school mentor and University tutors.

Formative assessment methods:
Ongoing methods of assessment include observation feedback, discussions with mentor and tutor, self-reflection and target setting and review. Student engagement and attendance on the single day visits will also be monitored and feedback given. Students will be expected to keep a professional school experience file as part of the block placement requirements.

Penalties for late submission:

Attendance at school placement is mandatory, as is meeting the requirements of the School Experience File and the placement school's professional routines and deadlines. Absence from placement can be taken for illness and be self-certified for up to three days. Any longer absences must be granted by an Extenuating Circumstances Form (ECF) and when the ECF runs out the student must return to placement. In the event of a student missing placement for an unauthorised reason the Module Convenor will review the circumstances and a Fail grade may be recorded.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
Satisfactory progress towards meeting the national Teachers' Standards (pass/fail).

Reassessment arrangements:

Resit of part, or whole, of the 3 and a half week block

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: No specialist clothing is required for this module, although students should be mindful that overly casual clothing will not be acceptable in the professional placement environment.
4) Printing and binding: Printing of planning and other documents for the School Experience File (5p b/w sheet, 15p colour sheet)
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Students are expected to pay £2.50 per day towards the travel costs of reaching their placement school. The remainder of the costs can be claimed back from the university but only based on economy mileage or if standard class transport has been used and the cheapest ticket obtained. Students should expect to pay the cost ‘up front’ and claim back at the end of the placement.

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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