The year is divided into four main sections. We start with induction, and end with the enrichment week. In between those are the two school professional practices and the assignments. Induction – Placement one – APK – Placement 2 – RPK – Enrichment week
Induction In this time, you will meet all the people who you will be working with for the rest of the course. You will attend professional studies sessions as well as curriculum specific sessions. In Science we try to make sure that you head off on your professional practice with some sound basic knowledge of health and safety in the lab, some brief guidance on lesson planning as well as some broad ideas of how you can start to plan good lessons for the pupils.
Curriculum Studies Sessions These sessions happen throughout your first professional practice, and occasionally in your second placement. They are always on Fridays.
The structure varies from Friday to Friday, but you will normally be involved in some practical lab-based work, have a group tutorial, as well as have the opportunity to discuss and learn about some pedagogic aspect of teaching. Some of the Friday sessions take place off campus.
You continue to come to University on Fridays for curriculum studies. There will also be times in professional practice one when you are asked to come to campus for a review meeting. (see your calendar or the main handbook for these times). You will be working on your APK in placement one and submit it at the start of placement two.
Professional Practice Two In this professional practice, you will spend more of the week in school. There are only a few Friday sessions at University to allow you to teach more hours in school. As with professional practice one there should be a short period of induction when you arrive at professional practice two where you are given the opportunity to see how the school policies work in action.
You will be working towards a timetable of 12 hours per week in this professional practice.
End of the Course Once you have successfully completed your second professional practice, the final hurdle is to have a RPK interview. This interview involves a professional discussion with your tutor and a mentor about your progress over the last year. You will present your evidence folders as well as the subject knowledge scrapbook.