You will have the opportunity to complete up to three of the module credits at Level 7 (master's Level) within this course. In 2016 these modules were:
The Excellent Practitioner -This module aims to support you in identifying and developing the key skills and attributes necessary to become an excellent practitioner. The module has two key underlying themes. These are reflection and being critical. The vehicle for exploring these themes, and developing the skills of reflection and criticality, is studying what constitutes excellent classroom practice.
Supporting Evidence Informed Practice - This module will enable you to improve your teaching, and the learning of the children you will be teaching, through studying the role and importance of research in education. It will provide you with grounding in the approaches, issues and debates surrounding educational research.
Key Issues in Teaching and Learning-This module aims to develop your awareness of key issues, themes and debates in education. It builds upon the knowledge, skills and understanding covered in other modules in order to better equip you to work within the constantly changing landscape of education. By focusing on a selection of contemporary issues and debates, relevant to your pathway/age-phase, with the option of drawing upon and reflecting upon your own developing classroom practice, you will be better supported in entering the NQT year and further developing your career in education.
You will also complete:
School based training - The Oxford Brookes Primary Partnership of schools is well established and mentors and teachers are involved in all aspects of your training. You will undertake periods of school experience teaching across classes within your chosen age range, within at least two partnership schools. On the 3-7 programme this will start with time in a nursery placement, followed by KS 1 and finally time in a reception class. Prior to the placements the University based sessions will focus specifically on the appropriate age phase. Please note that students will be expected to fund their travel costs to undertake school placements.
Curriculum Studies develops knowledge and understanding of the early years and primary curriculum and the requirements of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) and the national curriculum ( NC). This will cover the all the areas of learning from the EYFS and English, mathematics, science, information and communication technology, design technology, geography, history, art, music, drama, physical education and religious education. Information and communication technology is addressed within other curriculum elements, as are further cross-curricular aspects of the course such as special educational needs, multicultural education and citizenship.
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part or our quality assurance framework, course content may change from the details given here.
- the good attainment and outstanding progress of students, irrespective of their varied starting points
- communication across the partnership, which ensures high expectations and consistency
- very effective team working among enthusiastic, committed and knowledgeable trainers at all levels
- the commitment and enthusiasm of trainees, their outstanding professional attitudes to their development, and the capacity to identify their own learning priorities
- the outstanding support provided for individual trainees, particularly those who are at risk of failure.
Teaching and learning
Approaches to learning include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work with professional tutor support.
Attendance at lectures, workshops, seminars and school based training is a compulsory component of successful completion of the course and is monitored throughout and reflected in trainee references.
Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the School of Education. Visiting speakers from partnership schools, teaching unions, newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and other experts within the field of education provide further input.
Approach to assessment
Assessment is based on coursework, assignments and the achievement against the Teachers' Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
All academic modules are rigorously assessed, mostly by written assignments. The school based training is assessed against the Teachers' Standards during school placements.
The Harcourt Hill library has a very well resourced school experience centre which operates a loan system for a wide range of resources which can be used during your school based training.
This is an intensive programme and attendance is full time, both while at university and on school placements.
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