This brand new, exciting and innovative course has been co-created with our Lead Partner Schools in Wales and Bangor University. It is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of how children learn, and aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to develop as a creative and innovative teacher.
The CaBan (Chester and Bangor) Partnership builds on our shared rich history of developing highly skilled and knowledgeable teachers. This course, which has been designed in full collaboration with our Lead Schools, is both practically rigorous and academically challenging. You will be supported to develop a critical appreciation of how educational research informs practice and impacts on the learning and well-being of primary-aged children. Through dedicated commitment to the course, you will be very well equipped for a career within the teaching profession.
Professional and academic learning takes place within University and partnership settings in lectures, seminars, practical workshops, tutorials and through innovative practices such as ‘quality teaching rounds’.
You will be expected to be proactive in your approach to learning and to engage in professional dialogue with your peers, tutors and teachers in school. The emphasis will be on providing a constructive learning environment in which appropriate skills and knowledge for your future career can be fostered.
The School Experience module focuses on enabling you to develop confidence to teach groups and classes of children both collaboratively and independently. You will do this through observing and working alongside experienced teachers. Throughout the year, you will reflect on your practice in relation to:
- pedagogy – the art and science of teaching, with a focus on securing the best outcomes for children
- collaboration – professional working relationships with peers and teaching colleagues
- innovation – the ways in which you seek to move pedagogy forward
- leadership – of learning in and outside the classroom
- professional learning – your openness to be the best teacher that you can.
Whether a fluent Welsh speaker or a complete beginner, there will be opportunities throughout the course to learn Welsh or enhance your existing language skills.
Academic learning is assessed through a variety of assignments and directed activities which will support your use of research to inform practice, as well as developing your ability to undertake research of your own within the school setting.
The School Experience module is assessed against the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership.