School Experience 3
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 2007 and is a means of developing practical teaching skills to what is expected at the level of the statutory standards for qualified teacher status. 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 3, the trainee is responsible for teaching a whole class and following a comprehensive teaching timetable. Regular support and feedback are provided by mentors and class teachers, and support is also given by college contact tutors. The placement is arranged so that trainee teachers have an extended experience of teaching a class within either the Foundation Stage (Lower Primary) or Key Stage 2 (Upper Primary).
What is learnt in the college modules of the programme is applied to the teaching situation in a primary school. The focus is on all the requirements of the statutory standards. In Year 3, the placement involves nine weeks in one school teaching either a Foundation Phase class (3-7) or a Key Stage 2 class (7-11). 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. Specification detail is given ti safeguarding issues whilst on School Experience. (The detailed criteria 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 circ 017/2009), which show in detail what rules this element of the programme to a large extent.
thresholdSuccessful trainees will 1. have shown that they satisfy the statutory standards for practical teaching; 2. have demonstrated that they can analyse their development in practical teaching on the level expected at Level 6 through self-criticism, reflection, and setting relevant targets showing independence and suitable professional conduct. Grade 3: Adequate (satisfactory features outweigh shortcomings).
goodGrade 2: Good (good features and no important shortcomings). Grade 2 or higher across the practical teaching criteria and firm evidence of self-criticism and relevant and constructive reflection.
excellentGrade 1: Excellent (many excellent features, some features being very good). Grade 1 across the practical teaching criteria together with the ability to analyse one's own development thoroughly and in depth.
- Successful trainees will 1. have shown that they satisfy the statutory standards for practical teaching;
- 2. have demonstrated that they can analyse their development in practical teaching on the level expected at Level 6 through self-criticism, reflection, and setting relevant targets showing independence and suitable professional conduct.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
|Placement of nine 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 nine weeks in a school, and (iii) reflection time.|