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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CSER2207 Students Into Schools (Arts Humanities and Culture)

20 creditsClass Size: 32

Module manager: Owen Radford-Lloyd

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Satisfactory Enhanced DBS check and two satisfactory references. The University’s DBS policy also states that where a student has spent a period of 12 months or more overseas in the last 5 years a DBS-equivalent check from that country will also be required (where practicable).
Enrolment onto the module will be subject to a successful application – students will be asked to outline their motivations for taking part, their career intentions and any previous school experience.

This module is mutually exclusive with

CHEM3666Chemistry into Schools
GEOG3530Geographers into Teaching: School Placements
MATH2800Mathematics into Schools
MODL2001Linguists into Schools
MODL2005Linguists into Schools
MODL3800Linguists Into Schools
PHIL2999Phil Stud Into School
PHYS3605Physics in Schools
SOEE3521Earth and Environmental Sciences into Schools

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Do you have an interest in teaching or education as a career? Would you like to develop your skills and expertise in supporting young people in the classroom, while building up your understanding of key issues in current UK education? If so the Students into Schools module may be for you. Over the course of the module you will spend a minimum of 40 hours in a local school, contributing to the teaching and learning of your specialist subject. A series of seminars, delivered by a range of educational professionals, will help you to contextualise your placement experience and assist you in becoming a more effective classroom practitioner. You will gain greater self-awareness and confidence in your ability to communicate with a range of audiences, to take individual responsibility for the planning and management of your work, and to appreciate how your subject knowledge can be transferred and applied in a school setting.


On completion of this module students, will have applied their knowledge and understanding of pedagogical techniques within a classroom setting. They will have developed their understanding of appropriate theoretical issues through experiencing and observing them in a real-world situation. Through working with a range of educational professionals, students will consider their own professional identity and used their experiences to develop their skills as a reflective and responsive educational practitioner.

As many students on this module will be seriously considering a career in an educational setting, this module will allow them to experience school environments from a staff perspective and gain insight into how such spaces operate. They will be encouraged to consider the similarities and differences between their placement experience and their own educational background and reflect upon this in relation to pedagogical theory and professional practice. Students will gain insight on the relationships between adults and young people in educational environments, and observe the opportunities and challenges facing teachers and other educational professionals in UK state education.

As part of the module, students will undertake a compulsory 40hr placement in a school or other agreed educational setting.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Understand the process of applying agreed pedagogical techniques in order to effectively support teaching and learning activities within the classroom
2 Design, record and manage their programme of work in cooperation with an academic supervisor and member of staff from their placement school
3. Understand and differentiate between professional roles within an educational setting and reflect upon their own suitability for undertaking those roles through a process of self-audit
4. Articulate and critique the current pedagogical issues in their specialist subject area and how those may create barriers for both professionals and learners
5. Critically analyse and reflect on their own experience and skills in order to develop a plan of action for future professional development.

Skills outcomes
On completion of the module students will have developed the following skills:
- Ability to use own initiative
- Communication skills: teaching, working in a school setting
- Networking: working in the placement environment
- Negotiating: developing appropriate work placement practices
- Problem-solving skills
- Reflective learning skills
- Resource management: planning, developing and delivering learning materials
- Resilience: dealing effectively with challenging situations
- Team-working skills
- Time management and ability to prioritise own workload.


The module will consist of a series of lectures and seminars that will introduce key themes to support students in their placements. A focus will be placed on the student’s ability to reflect on and review their own practice, and they will be encouraged to openly discuss and challenge their assumptions, attitudes, learning and progress.
External practitioners from a range of educational settings will be invited to provide insight and expertise throughout the seminar series.
The sessions will mix theory with practical activities to cover:
Educational practice and pedagogy
Promoting effective behaviour for learning in the classroom
Developing effective learning activities and lesson plans
Child Protection and Safeguarding in educational settings
Key themes in Primary or Secondary education
Special Educational Needs
Critical Reflective Practice

Students will complete a skills audit at the start and end of the module; reflecting on the differences between the two and the reasons behind this will constitute a key part of their assessment.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours70.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

40 hours of school placement hours
Students will work independently on their reflective learning log, preparation for and attendance at their placement.
Students will prepare a group oral presentation and accompanying resources.
Guidance and support will be available from the Module Leader, wider Students into Schools team and in workshops and classes.
Pre- and post-seminar study: 28 hours
Pre-supervision preparation: 2 hours
Pre-placement preparation: 20 hours
Post-placement work and reflection (including writing up learning log): 20 hours
Assessment preparation: 60 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored by:
- meetings with a Students into Schools supervisor who will discuss and monitor progress with students;
- feedback on contribution to seminars;
- reflective learning log: students will be asked to bring excerpts of their learning logs to seminars to prompt discussion and reflection;
- mock lesson preparation: students will bring in preparatory work for feedback;
- ad hoc support from subject teacher and other professional staff at the school hosting the placement.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio2500 words70.00
Presentationgroup presentation30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

References to Learning Outcomes to be specified in the reflective portfolio.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/09/2020


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