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Department of Education, Unit Catalogue 2007/08

ED30256 Practice of teaching - block 2

Credits: 12
Level: Honours
Semester: 2
Assessment: CW 100%
Before taking this unit you must take ED30255
Aims: The completion of Practice of Teaching, (Blocks 1,2 and 3) is a requirement of training to become a teacher. The Requirements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), state that a minimum of one hundred and twenty days must be spent in a school setting. Students, as trainee teachers, must demonstrate that they meet the Standards for QTS. Teachers, in schools, are part of a large team dedicated not only to developing children's subject knowledge but also to their development as people. Students will acquire:
* Understanding and knowledge and professional/practical skills that provide the foundation for their own development as trainee teachers and once qualified, throughout their careers;
* Understanding and knowledge of pedagogic skills that can be deployed to meet the needs of the individual and the needs of groups of children and young people;
* Understanding of the high expectations required so that children and young people can achieve their full educational potential.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the Practice of Teaching students will:
* Know about (and have worked within) the statutory frameworks relating to teachers: responsibilities
* Have gained an enhanced awareness of key professional issues that face schools in an ever changing climate and how these impact on the work of teachers and other professionals and para-professionals
* Know how schools organise and manage the welfare of their pupils through involvement in pastoral systems
* Know about the contribution that support staff and other professionals make to teaching and learning
* Be able to demonstrate and promote positive values, attitudes and behaviour that are expected from pupils
* Contribute effectively to the corporate life of schools.
The following skills will be facilitated:
* Personal skills in being able to relate to others and manage learners effectively
* Communication skills, reading, writing, speaking and listening
* Ability to work with others and in teams
* Ability to understand how children and young people learn and develop
* Ability to identify that learning is taking place in children and young people
* Ability to regard all learners as having equal access to learning and be mindful that all should have the opportunity to succeed.
The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education programme at the University of Bath involves two school placements. These are called the Homeschool and the Complementary School. There is a requirement for trainee teachers to be working in school for at least 33 of the 36 weeks. The purpose of a school placement is to provide opportunities for teaching for observation of experienced teachers, and for studying and participating in the work and organisation of the school as a whole. During the period of placement trainee teachers will, as far as possible, be treated as a member of the school staff, and will be expected to conform to the regulations and requirements of the school (and of its staff room), and to share in routine duties and supervision.
Induction Phase:
The Induction Phase is based in the University and in the Homeschool in a serial placement, and a block placement. Its prime purposes are to raise awareness of a teacher's work in school and to begin the development of generic teaching skills. Through a carefully-structured series of integrated exploratory activities the trainee teacher explores issues, practises skills and develops competences both through direct practical involvement with teachers and children, and through a systematic review of his/her own work.
Consolidation Phase:
The Consolidation Phase involves a second serial placement in the University and the Homeschool which builds on the trainee teacher's developing competences. The serial phase involves a further input during the University-based days and allows time for the trainee teacher to research the Educational Study. During this time the trainee tteacher will also be expected to undertake Primary/secondary or Infant/Junior liaison - a short placement in a different Key Stage exploring phase liaison issues. The block placement that follows in the Complementary School offers the opportunity for the trainee teacher to experience working in a different school and to continue the development of his/her teaching competences.
Extension Phase:
The Extension Phase includes a further block of teaching in the Homeschool during which the trainee teacher's practice of teaching is formally assessed. This is followed by a period of Extension Phase activities designed to extend opportunities for professional development. Planning for this starts before the Complementary School placement, continues during the placement, and is reviewed and finalised in the Homeschool.