“I am passionate about being involved in supporting these student teachers working towards gaining an honours degree and qualified teacher status. As with the other part-time courses we offer, this route enables a different group of students to qualify to be excellent primary teachers who may not have been able to engage with full-time study. Keeping in touch with our alumni following graduation, the team has been impressed to see the positive impact that our graduates have in the classroom during their teaching careers.”
Through an integrated course of academic and professional partnership practice learning, you will be provided with access to the relevant knowledge, skills and understanding that should enable you to demonstrate a deep understanding of children’s development and the potential to apply this in your own classroom teaching. In addition to this you will be encouraged to develop a strong knowledge of the primary curriculum and will be inspired to teach in innovative ways that have the prospect of exciting and motivating children.
The course provides you with the opportunity to be actively involved in your own learning and development. You will study academic disciplines specific to teaching and learning and have the opportunity to link theory and practice during your employment experience and professional partnership school placements. This combination will support you in support you in becoming a creative and flexible teacher practitioner. You will be supported in your transition into Initial Teacher Education alongside the transition into studying at Higher Education level.
The principles underpinning primary education are introduced and you will be encouraged to develop a personal philosophy and understanding of how a child learns and develops. There is also an area of study dedicated to developing your knowledge, understanding and practical skills that are required to support the teaching and learning of pupils as they develop through the primary age range, recognising the holistic needs of children and how to support these in teaching and learning.
The professional placement is a developmental and progressive experience that evolves over the two years of the course; you will undertake observation and collaborative teaching before progressing to solo class teaching. This allows scope for reflection and time to develop a range of appropriate teaching styles and strategies.
Professional placements are built into the course and there are also opportunities to engage in school based tasks and projects beyond the professional placements. The focus of the course is that you are in school for two to four days a week alongside your studies.
The Code of Student Professional Conduct is relevant to you as you are pursuing a course that leads to a professional qualification
You will be expected at all times to demonstrate that you understand and uphold the Teaching Standards , as published by the Department for Education.