Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

School Placement Project

Module Q3293

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Full Module Description

This is a work-based learning module, to be delivered collaboratively with partner secondary schools/colleges. Using the resources and framework of the national Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (https://uas.ac.uk), the module involves students preparing for and then undertaking a placement working with a secondary teacher to support pupils in the relevant subject area (i.e. English). Students will shadow, observe and then directly support the classroom teacher over a period of 9 weeks, culminating in the delivery of a project that the student has designed (through discussion with the paired teacher). Students will gain first-hand experience of teaching (under supervision) or supporting teaching, and by required to apply the skills and knowledge that they have developed through their course of study in a classroom setting.

The nature of individual placements will be determined through agreement with the host school, but all placements will involve a regular programme of structured groups and individual sessions at the University (a blended delivery). Students should expect to spend approximately one morning (c.5 hours) per week in the school placement over 8 or 9 weeks (i.e. 40-45 hours total). This is in line with other UAS-based modules nationally (e.g. University of St. Andrews), and other placement-based modules within the School (e.g. Drama’s IRP: Professional Work Experience module models students spending one week full-time at a placement organisation (c.40 hours).

Assessment is focused on critical reflection on the project and wider experience, as well as engagement with pedagogical research. This will not only support the development of transferrable skills for enhancing employability, but also give students a first-hand experience of teaching as a profession.

Places will be initially capped, as a pilot initiative and given likely pressures on sourcing appropriate quality placements, but it should be possible to expand the programme in future years (depending upon the pilot outcome). As such, it is likely to be necessary to run a selection process for students (which will also be beneficial in identifying commitment).

Module Outline

This is a work-based learning module, to be delivered collaboratively with partner secondary schools/colleges. Using the resources and framework of the national Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (https://uas.ac.uk), the module involves students preparing for and then undertaking a placement working with a secondary teacher to support pupils in the relevant subject area (i.e. English). Students will shadow, observe and then directly support the classroom teacher over a period of 9 weeks, culminating in the delivery of a project that the student has designed (through discussion with the paired teacher). Students will gain first-hand experience of teaching (under supervision) or supporting teaching, and by required to apply the skills and knowledge that they have developed through their course of study in a classroom setting.

Module learning outcomes

Adapt and apply the understanding, apprehension and/or skills that I have gained through my course subject to solving problems or exploring issues in classroom settings.

Enhance my abilities to use diverse modes of communication to engage with a range of audiences, including professional collaborations.

Critically reflect upon my role observing and supporting teaching in the classroom.

Design, develop and evaluate an object, approach, exercise or other intervention that aims to support the learning of others.

Critically engage with pedagogical research.

TypeTimingWeighting
Coursework100.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ProjectA2 Week 1 70.00%
PresentationT2 Week 12 (20 minutes)20.00%
ObservationA2 Week 1 10.00%
Timing

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.

Weighting

Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterWorkshop3 hours100000000000
Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour011010111000
Spring SemesterPersonal Tutorial *1 hour000101000110
Spring SemesterProject5 hours000000000001

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Graeme Pedlingham

Convenor, Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/166463

Ms Anne Crawford

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/290773

Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/308365

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