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BSc Psychology / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Leadership of Learning - with Teaching Placement
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
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.
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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.
Students must apply online. For more information visit universityofmanchester-leadershipoflearning.org.uk/howtoapply/
Teaching and learning methods
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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|Susan Goldrick||Unit coordinator|
1. Applications for Semester 1 (UCIL20001/21001/21000) are required by Thursday 19 August 2021
2. You will be invited to a short informal interview via Zoom to discuss your reasons for wanting to undertake the unit and your suitability for this unit.
a. Interview dates are as follows: Thurs 03 June, Thurs 22 July, Tues 10 August, Tues 17 August, Tues 24 August
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 2021-2022 timetable is given below
4. The units include the following teaching and learning sessions:
a. Five two-hour seminars run at the start of the course over a two-week period;
b. One two-hour seminar half way through the placement;
c. Ten half days spread over a ten-week period on the same day each week that is suitable for both the student and the d) placement school;
d. For the 20 credit unit, there are three further two-hour seminars spread over three weeks
5. You may opt for a primary or secondary placement depending on availability of places. For a secondary placement, you will support pupils' learning of a curriculum subject that is closest to your degree discipline. If there is not a suitable match, your A level subjects may be considered depending on your A Level subjects and grades. For example, high A Level grades in Science subjects or Maths if you are studying Engineering or Psychology, or History if you are studying Law, will be considered. If there is no match, you will be offered a primary placement.
6. You must have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to be accepted on this unit. A DBS check takes about four weeks and this needs to be successfully completed before being accepted on the unit.