ED2SPT-Shared Practical Teaching

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Prof Suzanne Graham
Email: s.j.graham@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This is the first of 3 school experience modules. It provides trainees 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.


  • To gain insight and understanding of the requirements for good teaching

  • To introduce, at an appropriate level, the professional attributes, professional knowledge and understanding, and professional skills required of teachers

  • To gain initial experience of working with individual and groups of pupils

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • To begin to demonstrate and provide evidence of having achieved some of the Teachers’ Standards 

  • An ability to deploy established approaches to teaching and learning 

  • An appreciation of the uncertainty and ambiguity that attaches to knowledge in and about teaching, and of the ability to respond with professionalism.

  • The ability of students to take responsibility for their own development as teachers through reflectiv e practice.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Relationships with children and young people, frameworks, personal professional development, teaching and learning, assessment and monitoring, subjects and the curriculum, literacy numeracy and ICT, achievement and diversity, health and well being, planning, teaching, assessing, monitoring, giving feedback, reviewing teaching and learning, learning environment, team working and collaboration.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

School experience: observation, teaching individuals, small groups and whole classes, participating in whole school life, observing teachers’ pastoral responsibilities, mentoring, school based professional studies sessions. Trainees will be supported in school by a mentor, an ITTCo and visited by a university tutor.

University teaching: policy context for education; research context in relation to teaching, learning and childhood development; developing approach es to reflective practice; understanding the Teachers’ Standards; strategies for learning in the school environment. 

Students will spend 51 days on placement in school supported by a visit by their university tutor

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 7
Seminars 101 18
Placement 147 84 140
Guided independent study: 31 31 41
Total hours by term 286 133 181
Total hours for module 600

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The summative assessment is 100% practical assessment of teaching on school placement.

Formative assessment methods:

Trainees will keep a school experience file and a Portfolio of evidence to help them document their progress towards achieving the Teachers’ Standards.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Trainees are required to make satisfactory progress showing potential towards achieving the Standards for QTS in order to pass the module and to proceed to Module ED3GPT.

Reassessment arrangements:

Please refer to your programme specification for this information.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: 

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: 

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 23 August 2021


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