Embedding Professional Practice in Primary and Early Year Settings (X6617)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

In this module, you will be expected to develop and demonstrate your full potential in competence and professionalism as a beginning teacher. Through 12 weeks of professional practice, you will draw on the learning from all other taught modules in the ITE curriculum.

You will be given the opportunity to acquire, apply and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of Primary or Early Years education in a specific school/setting/classroom context. During your professional practice, you will be provided with regular experiences of individual, small group and whole class teaching and leadership of learning along with opportunities to demonstrate success against the Teachers’ Standards. Your teaching timetable will move from 8 lessons a week to a maximum of 18 lessons a week (or 80% of your Mentor’s timetable) in the last six weeks of your professional practice placement.

You will continue to participate in the statutory Intensive Training and Practice (ITAP) weeks that focus on specific, foundational, or pivotal areas of the ITE curriculum relevant to the primary/early years phase. The ITAP includes a minimum of 25 hours of planned and supported hours per week and a minimum of 4 hours per week of expert support per trainee.

You will be supported through regular tutorial supervision by an experienced practitioner alongside formative assessment through observation with oral and written feedback. You will contribute to wider school/setting life and demonstrate the attributes and values of a committed, reflective, and proactive practitioner.


100%: Seminar

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 250 hours of contact time and about 50 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: