School Experience 1
Run by School of Educational Sciences
30.000 Credits or 15.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Mr Bryn Tomos
Overall aims and purpose
The module is a means of gaining experience of practical teaching. The length of the placement is established by the statutory requirements for qualified teacher status (Becoming a Qualified Teacher Circular No 017/2009) (i.e. 24 weeks of experience in schools over the three years). In Year 1, the trainee moves gradually towards teaching a whole class. There are periods of observing experienced teachers and working with small groups before moving on to take responsibility for a whole class. Regular support and feedback are provided by mentors and class teachers, and support is also given by College link tutors. Placements are arranged so that trainee teachers have experience in a Foundation phase class with 3-7 year old Children.
What is learnt in the College modules of the programme is applied to the teaching situation in a primary school. Trainees have opportunities to observe how children learn and the strategies used by experienced teachers to advance that process. Following this, the focus is on thorough preparation, class management, planning for progression and assessment. Trainees are given the opportunity to gain experience with more than one age-group within the teaching scope of their programme over the three years. The criteria of the practical teaching relate to the statutory standards (Becoming a Qualified Teacher Circular No 017/2009), adapted to the appropriate level. The detailed criteria are listed under the following headings: S1: Professional values and practice. S2: Knowledge and understanding. S3.1: Planning, expectations, and targets. S3.2: Monitoring and assessment. S3.3: Teaching and class management. Attention is given within each School Experience to child safeguarding issues. (The detailed criteria for Level 4 are listed in the School Experience Handbook.) The structure and content of School Experience are necessarily complex. Every trainee receives the School Experience Handbook, which shows all the requirements in detail. Clear guidelines are provided as well as examples of every form that is used for assessment and recording. To understand the content of the School Experience module fully, it is necessary to look at the School Experience Handbook as well as the documentation of the National Curriculum and the statutory standards (Becoming a Qualified Teacher Circular No 017/2009) and non-statutory guidelines (Becoming a Qualified Teacher Handbook of Guidance) of the Welsh Government, which show in detail what rules this element of the programme to a large extent.
thresholdHave shown that they satisfy the criteria for practical teaching that relate to the statutory standards (Becoming a Qualified Teacher Circular No 017/2009) (adapted to the appropriate level); Have evidence of their ability to evaluate their development in practical teaching on the level expected at Level 4, reflect on their experience, and set relevant personal targets. Grade 3: Adequate (satisfactory features outweigh shortcomings).
goodSee above. Grade 2 or higher across the practical teaching criteria and firm evidence of self-criticism and relevant and constructive reflection.
excellentSee above. Grade 1 across the practical teaching criteria together with the ability to analyse one's own development thoroughly and in depth.
- Have shown that they satisfy the criteria for practical teaching that relate to the statutory standards (Becoming a Qualified Teacher Circular No 017/2009) (adapted to the appropriate level);
- Have evidence of their ability to evaluate their development in practical teaching on the level expected at Level 4, reflect on their experience, and set relevant personal targets.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
|Placement of eight weeks in a school. In addition, time is allocated for preparation, both in College and in school. 300 hours, including (i) preparation time, (ii) placement of eight weeks in a school, and (iii) reflection time.|