EDU7343: Professional Studies

Learning Outcomes

1. Provide a critical analysis of selected education topics in the context of relevant national and local policies and guidance frameworks, and wider academic reading.

2. Critically assess implications for your own professional practice in the context of relevant national and local policies and guidance frameworks and wider academic reading.

3.  Critically assess implications for the learning and well-being of the students that you teach.

Introduction

The PGCE Secondary programme provides high quality initial teacher training for those wishing to teach in secondary schools. It combines the nationally and internationally recognised academic award with the recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS), which is awarded by the Department for Education. This module is for use on different routes towards the award of PGCE with recommendation for QTS.

This module, Professional Studies, provides opportunities for you as an associate teacher to explore and understand in practical terms the meaning of professionalism in the context of education and being a teacher. It is well known that education is an ever-changing environment and the desire for improvement is strong from all stakeholders. This module helps you to understand that the best teachers are those who continue to learn themselves and that your continual development can positively impact the learning experience of your students. You will understand the holistic and positive role of a teacher and the practices and policies of the education framework in which you operate. Implicit in this will be the development of your understanding of how children learn and how this is organised, delivered and measured in the current range of school systems. Additionally, knowing how your practice as a teacher impacts on students’ outcomes will be addressed, including measuring the impact on student progress. Through this module you will be able to articulate the rationale for changes to your professional practice, and feel confident to implement these as required to maintain the expected progress of your individual students.

This module contributes to meeting PSRB requirements, currently the Initial Teacher Training Criteria and Supporting Advice, as published by the Department for Education (DfE) agency, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). As such it aligns with the programme philosophy to train high quality teachers to meet the needs of secondary education; teacher who demonstrate commitment, creativity, confidence and collaboration as the hall marks of the Birmingham City University trained teacher. The focus of this module on professional studies supports your development as a teacher and supports the BCU ITE Core Curriculum