ED3PGPP-PGCE Primary Portfolio – learning and teaching the curriculum

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: ED3PGG Guided teaching PGPrimary and ED3PGI Independent teaching PGPrimary and ED3PGST Shared teaching PGPrimary
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Micro placement
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Mrs Scarlett Murphy
Email: s.l.e.murphy@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module deals with the principles of pedagogy and subject knowledge across the core and foundation subjects in the National Curriculum and the areas of learning of EYFS. The module supports the trainee in demonstrating the knowledge, attributes, skills and understanding to become a qualified teacher with a specific focus on subject knowledge.


To support trainees to develop the pedagogy and subject knowledge to teach NC subjects and EY areas to enable them to develop robust evidence to address the Teachers’ Standards at the level expected of a trainee at the end of their training and necessary for the recommendation for the award of QTS.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion trainees will be able to:

  • To develop the pedagogical, curricular and subject knowledge of the Teachers’ Standards at the level expected of a trainee at the end of their training programme and necessary for the award of QTS

  • To demonstrate commitment to developing their subject knowledge through submission of all specified formative and summative tasks.

Additional outcomes:

To demonstrate proficiency in the fundamental skills in literacy and numeracy.

Outline content:

University based taught sessions and supported School Experiences will develop subject knowledge and knowledge and understanding of subject specific pedagogy, in order to provide evidence towards achievement of the Teachers' Standards at the level expected of a trainee at the end of their training programme and necessary for the award of QTS.

Global context:

Trainees would be expected to put into practice all they have learnt with regard to global awareness into their school experiences.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

University sessions will focus on developing knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, as well as subject knowledge.   In school, the trainee will work alongside an experienced teacher and will implement the ideas and principles met during the taught sessions. They will learn through practical experience, discussion, reflection, and teacher feedback.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 100 50 50
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20 20 20
    Preparation for presentations 10 10 10
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 20 20 10
    Group study tasks 10 10 10
    Reflection 10 10 10
Total hours by term 170 120 110
Total hours for module 400

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Trainees will submit four tasks for summative assessment (English, maths, science, foundation subjects) and must also submit the range of formative tasks outlined below.

Formative assessment methods:

Trainees will complete and submit a range of tasks designed to support their achievement and understanding of the Teacher Standards at the level expected of a trainee at the end of their training programme, specifically regarding pedagogy and subject knowledge. The tasks will demonstrate their subject knowledge across English, maths, science and the foundation subjects.

The tasks will be formatively assessed against the task guidance, showing knowledge and understanding of the NC subjects and EY areas. This will be assessed through verbal feedback, peer assessment or written feedback.

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 must meet the assessable learning outcomes and pass all subject specific assessments  

Reassessment arrangements:

If a summative task is failed, trainees will be given feedback on their task and be allowed one resubmission.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: As prescribed by each subject leader

2) Specialist equipment or materials: None

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: None

4) Printing and binding: None

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: A PC/laptop/tablet to enable the collation and submission of the portfolio

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: None

Last updated: 25 October 2021


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