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Development of Transferable Skills Through a school placement – University of Reading

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Development of Transferable Skills Through a school placement

Module Codes* ED2TS1, ED2TS2, ED3TS3, ED3TS4


  • Are you interested in UK teacher training?
  • Passionate about your degree subject and want to work on outreach to schools?
  • Interested in developing a range of transferable skills to increase your employability?

If any of these apply to you then this may be the module for you.

The objective of this module is to provide opportunities to develop transferable skills in a school setting. You will observe creative teaching and learning , gain relevant understanding of how a UK state secondary school operates, and share your own degree knowledge with school pupils.


During seminars in the summer terms (usually June/July) you will receive training in professional expectations in school settings, as well as how to observe effectively. You will also learn about basic pedagogical issues.

You will then go into a local secondary school in June/July for 1 week (10 credits) 2 weeks (20 credits.)

In the autumn term, you will develop your skills in collaboration, reflection and communication as you plan and deliver a teaching session in groups (drawing on your subject expertise) to school children. Finally you will prepare a poster to summarise your experiences and present this to your peers and tutors.


This module is 100% coursework.

Your reflective journal and poster presentation will be assessed against the transferable skills needed to make these successful. In addition, a report on professionalism from the school you visit will contribute to your grade.


  • By application form and by interview.
  • Successful applicants must pass an enhanced DBS check.
  • Places are limited and priority will be given to suitable applicants with experience working with young people, plus the relevant attributes in the table here: Transferable Skills flier.
  • Deadline for applications 28 February.


What will you do?

 Summer term (after exams)  
  •  Pre-placement training seminars (usually week after exams)
  • A week in a local secondary school (June/July) to observe how curriculum is delivered and identify what helps students to learn.
  • Your observations will be supported by your reading and you will keep a reflective journal.
10% school supervisor report
  • The 20 credit option includes a second week in school to investigate a topic of interest to you, and you will summarise your findings in a report for your portfolio.

40% portfolio

Autumn term



  •  3 seminars to reflect on school experience and prepare for teaching session and poster presentation
  •  In groups plan and deliver teaching session to school children, drawing on your subject expertise (usually week 6)
  • Poster presentation to peers and tutors summarising your experiences. Assessment usually week 8/9.

50% poster presentation


For more information and to get an application form, please email course leaders, Caroline Foulkes and Janet Thomson.

Please ensure you check which module your department is offering*.

Module Codes*

ED2TS1: Part 2, 10 credits. Summer term after part 1 exams

ED2TS2: Part 2, 20 credits. Summer term after part 1 exams

ED3TS3: Part 3, 10 credits. Summer term after part 2 exams

ED3TS4: Part 4, 20 credits.  Summer term after part 2 exams.  

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