This programme will enable you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to teach in primary schools, particularly those in the urban inner-city. You will be required to train in two consecutive age phases, Foundation/Key Stage 1, or Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2, or Key Stage 2 (7-9, 9-11). One of the strengths of our provision is our partnership with schools. You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in a primary school, including extended experience in two schools, plus further opportunities in a range of educational contexts.
Courses of study in the programme cover the National Curriculum and take place in both the university and in school. Opportunities are also provided for students to take an enhancement in an area of personal interest or expertise e.g. Special Educational Needs. University workshops are interactive, encouraging students to work collaboratively on practical tasks whilst also exploring theoretical perspectives. Staff are trained primary teachers and, in addition, are active researchers. Teaching takes place in specialist learning environments, such as classrooms, lecture theatres, laboratories, ICT suites, and gymnasiums. Extensive use is also made of Virtual Learning Environments to support and enhance students' independent study.
There is a range of assessment modes including essays, portfolios, presentations and practical teaching in school. School based training is an integral part of students' study and provides the context in which students can develop their professional skills, knowledge and understanding. An inclusive learning environment is provided for students to enhance equality of opportunity. Students are allocated a personal tutor who supports their study on the programme and offers both personal and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of individual students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.
The aims of the programme are:
- To develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding you require to work with primary school children
- To train you to teach in two consecutive age phases
- To provide you with an understanding of the National Curriculum and learning needs of children
- To develop your professional values and practice so you can meet the broad demands of teaching.