All trainees gain teaching experience in 2 contrasting placement schools in the north east of England. Professional Placement 1 starts almost immediately in September with 2 serial days each week followed by an observation and planning period then a 6 week block between November and December. Professional Placement 2 starts in January with 2 serial days each week followed by an observation and planning period then a 12 week block between February and June. Trainees progress from observation to collaboration to independence. They also progress from a 60% to a 70% timetable.
By the end of the 2 placements all trainees will have had teaching experience in all areas of the national curriculum, all secondary key stages and in both core and examination physical education. They will also have had some experience of teaching in a second subject area and some experience of pastoral work. They will develop into reflective, creative and highly effective practitioners who meet the Teachers’ Standards to either a high or a good level for a trainee teacher.
This module is formally assessed on a pass/ fail basis against the Teachers’ Standards.
This module is where trainees begin to develop their subject specific knowledge. They gain practical and theoretical experience relating to all 6 areas of activity outlined in the physical education national curriculum plus examination courses at key stage four and key stage five. They learn about the importance of ICT to enhance learning in physical education and how literacy and numeracy can be incorporated into physical education lessons to support wider whole school priorities. They also learn about the national curriculum for physical education, the current landscape for physical education, a range of pedagogical theories to support their classroom practice, lesson planning and writing units of work, producing creative resources, differentiation, monitoring and measuring progress and how to work safely.
The sessions that make up this module are delivered by outstanding practitioners from partnership schools.
Assessment of this module is by an extended written assignment and the production of a teaching resource.
This module is where trainees begin to develop their knowledge about education. The module consists of a structured programme of conference days, focusing on a range of topics that are at the forefront of education policy and practice. These include: the current educational landscape; the national curriculum; behaviour management; assessment; teaching and learning; equality and diversity; inclusion; safeguarding and child protection; pastoral care; working with parents; the role of the governor and literacy and numeracy across the curriculum. Time is also allocated to preparing for employment.
The sessions are delivered by a range of highly skilled and experienced professionals in partnership schools. These professionals engage trainees in critical and analytical debates about learning and pedagogical theories and the implications for their own professional practice, learning and emerging philosophy of education.
Assessment of this module is by an extended written assignment. Trainees who do not pass this module at level 7 will have their work marked against level 6 criteria.
Enquiry into Current Secondary Education Issues
This module is an independent project that is carried out during Professional Placement 2. Each trainee negotiates a focus for their project with their school based tutor and discusses the proposal with their assignment tutor. The project must be consistent with the trainee’s individual learning plan and provide further opportunities for the trainee to:
The project selected should take advantage of the specialisms within the placement school, the network of outside organisations accessed throughout the programme and any developments at the forefront of physical education.
Assessment is through a written project and the presentation of ideas and findings to peers and tutors. Trainees who do not pass this module at level 7 will have their work marked against level 6 criteria.
"All trainees exceed the minimum level of practice for their traching" (Ofsted, Nov 2013)