Develop a variety of teaching approaches to become an effective and confident teacher of children in Primary Education.
Partnerships with local schools give you opportunities to put theory into practice on placements, supported by experienced teachers and academic staff as you develop the knowledge and skills to meet the national requirements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (a department of the Department for Education) to deliver Initial Teacher Training
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• Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an inspiring teacher of young children, able to draw on secure understanding of theories about Primary teaching and learning - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings • Explore your understanding of teaching and learning, supported by experienced Primary teachers, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and developing curricula; honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement planning • Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence • Gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice • Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a Primary Education setting, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.
• Introduction to the Professional Primary School Teacher • The Professional Primary School Teacher • The Reflective Primary School Teacher* • The Research Informed Professional Primary School Teacher*
*denotes units that can be assessed at Masters level
The Teachers’ Standards 2012 provide the framework by which your progress in your teaching is judged. These are supplemented with descriptors which support you in understanding the qualities which define the level at which you meet the standards.
The webfolio is the medium through which your assignments and documentary evidence are managed. It forms the central spine of the course, drawing the range of experiences and activities together in a coherent structure. The webfolio is designed to help you engage in critical self-evaluation of your practice, helping you to identify areas of strength and areas for future development.
The webfolio will also provide you with a flexible means by which you can gather and store information about your understanding, knowledge, values and beliefs. Its portability ensures that you will be able to continue to use it as a gateway for your professional development beyond the award of QTS.
Local and national demand for University of Bedfordshire graduate teachers is high. Annual destination surveys show that 98% of graduate teachers will have secured teaching posts for the year of graduation.
The course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop the characteristics of a University of Bedfordshire graduate teacher. You will be challenged to explore theories of teaching and learning and to examine the implications of such theories for your own development. In doing this you will refine, form and reform your own principles, perspectives and values in relation to professional teaching practice.
On completion of the course you will have the appropriate attitude, knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the needs of the children’s and schools’ workforce agenda.