School Experience 2
Run by School of Education and Human Development
30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Mr Bryn Tomos
Overall aims and purpose
The module builds on XCE 1007 and is a means of developing practical teaching skills. The length of the placement is established by the statutory requirements for qualified teacher status (i.e., 24 weeks of experience in schools over the three years). In Year 2, the trainee is responsible for teaching a whole class. Regular support and feedback are provided by mentors and class teachers, and support is also given by college contact tutors.
What is learnt in the college modules of the programme is applied to the teaching situation in a primary school. The focus is on thorough preparation, class management, and planning for progression, with opportunities also provided for observing experienced teachers. In Year 2, the main placement involves eight weeks in a Key Stage 2 class. The criteria of the practical teaching relate to the statutory standards, 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. Increasing attention is given within each School Experience to child safeguarding issues. (The detailed criteria for Level 5 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 and non-statutory guidelines of the Welsh Government (Becoming a qualified teacher Circular 017/2009), which show in detail what rules this element of the programme to a large extent. At the end of Semester 4, the trainee has a placement of one week in a school in order to add to the variety of experiences. During this week, trainees are placed either with Yr 2 and Yr 3 or in a Year 6 class and visit the secondary school to which the pupils progress, so as to develop their awareness of the transition from Early Years to KS2 or from KS2 to Secondary.
thresholdSuccessful trainees will 1. have shown that they satisfy the criteria for practical teaching that relate to the statutory standards (adapted to the appropriate level); 2. have evidence of their ability to analyse their development in practical teaching on the level expected at Level 5 through self-criticism, reflection, and setting relevant targets. Grade 3: Adequate (satisfactory features outweigh shortcomings).
goodGrade 2 or higher across the practical teaching criteria and firm evidence of self-criticism and relevant and constructive reflection. Grade 2: Good (good features and no important shortcomings).
excellentGrade 1 across the practical teaching criteria together with the ability to analyse one's own development thoroughly and in depth. Grade 1: Excellent (many excellent features, some features being very good). For detailed descriptions of the criteria for each of the standards within each grade see the School Experience Grade Indicators in the School Experience Handbook.
- Successful trainees will: Have shown that they satisfy the criteria for practical teaching that relate to the statutory standards (adapted to the appropriate level);
- Have evidence of their ability to analyse their development in practical teaching on the level expected at Level 5 through self-criticism, reflection, and setting relevant targets.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
|Placement of nine weeks in schools. In Year 2, there will usually be a placement of eight weeks at the end of Semester 1 and beginning of Semester 2 and a placement of one week in a different school at the end of Semester 2. In addition, time is allocated for preparation, both in college and in school. 300 hours, including (i) preparation time, (ii) placement of nine weeks in schools, and (iii) reflection time.|