All modules are compulsory to provide good coverage across all the key areas:
- Professional Studies & First Teaching Practice (20 serial days and 4 week block)
- Child Development & Early Learning
- Foundations for Learning- Literacy and Numeracy
- Curriculum Studies: Foundation Subjects & RE
- Professional Skills of the Teacher
- Curriculum Studies: Core Subjects
- Professional Studies: Developing as a Teacher
- Inclusion & Primary Education
- The Role of Play in Developing Learning
- Second Teaching Practice (8 serial days and a 6 week block)
- Managing Medium Term Teaching and Learning
- Curriculum Studies: Developing Core Subject Knowledge
- Planning the Early Years Curriculum
- Curriculum Studies: Deepening Core Subject Understanding
- Enhanced Placement (up to 3 weeks in a different educational setting)
- Early Learning in a Nursery Setting - Experience in Foundation Stage 1
- Final Teaching Practice (10 week block)
- Enhancing the Role of the Early Years Specialist
- Honours Level Dissertation (with Early Years focus)
The reputation of our trainees, both within and outside of immediate partnership schools in the South West, has resulted in high employability rates, with the University ‘seal of approval’ being recognised by headteachers across the country. Ofsted (2014) praised the University’s ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’. Many students undertake their teaching practices in London or abroad, therefore your qualification from the University of St Mark and St John will enable you to be a serious consideration for any first post.
Over 95% of our trainees go on to secure teaching posts locally, nationally or abroad in a range of primary schools and early years settings. Others go on to further postgraduate study or research posts within Higher Education. Many have gone onto leadership and management positions in mainstream and special schools.
The overall course leader is Sally Eales, with Patricia Cunningham leading the Early Years modules. The programme team is made of up of highly enthusiastic and experienced university tutors and teachers from local partnership schools who co-develop the programme modules. The university tutor team includes ex-headteachers, senior managers, advisory staff and subject experts. All are engaged in research, working with schools, teachers and pupils, presenting at conferences, writing books and supporting schools with continuing professional development.