BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Leadership of Learning - with Teaching Placement

Unit code UCIL20001
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Education
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

Are you considering a career in teaching, or working with children and young people? Do you believe all children and young people have the right to grow and reach their full potential? Do you want to gain experience of being a professional in an educational setting?

Through a placement in a Manchester school, this unit gives you the opportunity to support and inspire children and young people to engage in learning. At the same time, you will further your own learning through completing a weekly reflective learning journal and writing one or two related assignments.

You will share and learn from other students about your differing beliefs and understandings about education, and the complexities of your experiences of working in your placement schools.

You will also develop your understanding of the English education system, your professional skills through supporting professionals and pupils in schools, and your critical reflective skills by using a provided critical framework to guide you.

To apply for this unit click here

 

Please note: Attendance at Leadership of Learning seminars is mandatory. You should not enrol onto the course unit unless you are able to attend all of the seminars.


 

 

Pre/co-requisites

Students must apply online. For more information visit universityofmanchester-leadershipoflearning.org.uk/howtoapply/

Aims

 

  • To develop your knowledge and understanding of, and skills in, being a professional within an educational setting
  • To give you transferable skills in professionalism, interpersonal communication and collaboration, problem solving, leadership and management, analysis, critical thinking and self-evaluation

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, you will be able to:

  • Act professionally, in terms of attendance, punctuality, reliability and codes of conduct set out by placement schools and the University
  • Maintain positive professional relationships with school staff and pupils
  • Work effectively with school staff to support pupils' learning
  • Reflect on observations of personal thinking and practice during your school placement
  • Apply principles of critical reflective practice with respect to incidents from your placement experiences
  • Draw from a range of literature and seminar discussions, to enhance critical thinking skills and professionalism
  • Write reflectively, using academic and ethical protocols

In addition, for 20 credits:

  • Analyse and apply concepts and theories of leadership to enhance your reflections on professional experiences of leadership and your future professional learning

 

Syllabus

10 Credits

  • Placement in a school - nine half-days spread over nine weeks. The half-day is selected according to your availability and suitability for the school
  • Developing critical reflective skills
  • Being a professional
  • Effective teaching and learning
  • Managing relationships and behaviour
  • Leading learning in a context of ethnic and socio-cultural diversity
  • Planning for Learning

20 Credits

As above, as well as:

  • Concepts and theories of leadership
  • Developing critical thinking

Teaching and learning methods

10 Credits

  • 9 half-days over 9 weeks on placement in a school
  • 9 hours recording evidence and reflections in reflective journal
  • 6 x 2 hour seminars
  • 1 x 30 minute tutorial
  • 1 x draft assignment feedback
  • 25 hours reading
  • 22 hours assignment preparation

20 Credits

  • 9 hours recording evidence and reflections in reflective journal
  • 3 x 2 hour seminars
  • 1 x 30 minute tutorial
  • 1 x draft assignment feedback
  • 50 hours reading
  • 33 hours assignment preparation

Intellectual skills

Critical Thinking

Students will be offered an intellectual frame through which to analyse and critically reflect on complex social situations in school, and their own classroom interactions in these situations

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Our intention is that you will develop a range of transferable skills for future employability, including the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of leadership and appropriate characteristics, behaviours and relationships for working in any professional setting.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Essay and group work require research and analysis of a range of social and professional situations in school
Group/team working
Professional skills and dispositions: Develop appropriate behaviours and relationships for working in a professional context; model positive values, attitudes and behaviours within school
Leadership
Teaching, learning and leadership skills: The university workshops and school placements provide student with the opportunity to observe, apply principles of effective teaching for learning with peers and to critical reflect on these experience to inform better decision making in the future.

Assessment methods

10 Credits

  1. 2000 word written assignment on reflective practice (100%)

20 Credits

  1. 2000 word written assignment on reflective practice (50%)
  2. 2000 word written assignment on leadership (50%)

20 Credits (over 2 semesters)

  1. 2000 word written assignment on reflective practice (50%)
  2. 2000 word written assignment on leadership (50%)

Feedback methods

The student will self-evaluate and discuss with their link-teacher their placement progress, areas for improvement, and overall performance.

Academic tutors will give formative feedback on one draft per assignment, as long as this is received in good time so that further changes can be made post-feedback.

Academic tutors will also give a summative % grade and formative feedback for the written assignments in Turnitin, Blackboard.

School coordinators will give brief written feedback to the students at the end of the placement, and verbal feedback at the request of the student.

School coordinators will also provide a brief overview of how well the placement has gone for a particular student, and how well other processes have gone between the University and the schools, to support the placement.

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
eAssessment 10
Lectures 11
Project supervision 6
Seminars 6
Placement hours
Placement 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 37

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Susan Goldrick Unit coordinator

Additional notes

1. Applications need to be received by the following dates: TBC

a) Semester One placements (UCIL20001/21001/21000): Thurs 27 August 2020

2. You will be invited to a short informal interview via Skype or Zoom to discuss your reasons for wanting to undertake the unit and your suitability for this course.

a) Interview dates are as follows:

i) Tues 19 May, Thurs 18 June, Tues 21 July, Mon 3 August, Mon 7 September

3. Attendance at Leadership of Learning seminars is mandatory. You should not enrol onto these course units unless you are able to attend all the seminars

a) The 2020-2021 timetable is given below: TBC

b) The units include the following face-to-face sessions:

i) Five two-hour seminars run at the start of the course over a two-week period;

ii) One two-hour seminar half way through the placement;

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