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Warwick in Schools: teaching module for undergraduates

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Are you interested in teaching?

This module takes place in term 2 and is specially designed to give you a great taster of life as a teacher

It's led by experienced staff in the Centre for Teacher Education (currently rated 'Outstanding' by OFSTED).

It's open to students studying Biology, Chemistry Drama & Theatre Studies, Languages, Mathematics, Physics, or Primary Teaching.

Our team

Will Haywood, Module Leader, W.Haywood@warwick.ac.uk

Emma Rawlings, Admin Coordinator - On-Course, E.Rawlings@warwick.ac.uk

Lydia Obirek, Admin Coordinator - Admissions, LObirek@warwick.ac.uk

Mark Christensen, Partnership Co-Ordinator, M.Christensen@warwick.ac.uk

What does this module involve?

Teaching

You'll take seven weekly seminars from CTE staff, and eight weekly twilight workshops from expert teachers. All your work will be supported by a bespoke Moodle course.

  • In seminars you'll explore themes like the National Curriculum, the pedagogy of teaching your subject, assessment for learning, and current issues in teaching and education.
  • In workshops you'll focus on providing strategies and techniques to support you with your practice in schools, and deal with areas such as dealing with behaviour in class and how to ask plan engaging sessions.
Placement

You'll also complete a ten-day placement in a department of a local school.

  • We'll arrange your placement and organise and pay for your Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check. If you have lived in an overseas country in the last five years for a period of six months or more, you will also need to provide us with evidence of good conduct from those countries.

    You can see country-specific information on the DBS website about this and need to do this as soon as possible to avoid delays.

  • Usually, you'd attend your placement for half a day every week during Term 2, and then for six full days during the Easter university vacation when schools are still open. However, this can be flexible depending on your timetable.
  • An experienced teacher will act as your mentor, and they'll put together a timetable for you, and organise and support activities. These could include lesson observations, supporting lessons, one-to-one teaching, small group teaching, and leading part of or even entire lessons.
Assessment

You'll be assessed by coursework (see subject-specific guidelines below). You'll need to write in the academic style for the discipline of education. We appreciate that this is a second discipline for the majority of students, and we offer support within seminars for academic writing, along with additional resources on Moodle and in weekly office hours. You'll have the opportunity to submit for feedback and comment before final submission.

Students say...

“It's been the best thing I have done at University which has contributed to my degree.”

“It helped me decide I definitely want to be a teacher, and has given me the experience I needed to secure a place on Teach First starting this summer.”

“It helped me develop my confidence and ability to talk to an audience.”

We welcome students from the following degree subject areas (2017-18)

Sessions and assessment vary per course. Classes will be held in Westwood and room numbers will be confirmed closer to the time.

Biology (30 CAT)

Sessions 
  • Seminars: Tuesdays 5.00-7.00pm
  • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
Assessment
  • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (5x 500-word tasks) – 50% weighting
  • Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words) – 50% weighting

Chemistry (30 CAT)

Sessions
  • Seminars: Tuesdays 5.00-7.00pm
  • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
Assessment
  • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (5x 500-word tasks) – 50% weighting
  • Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words) – 50% weighting

Drama and Theatre Studies (30 CAT)

Sessions 
  • Seminars: Wednesdays 9.00-11.00am
  • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
Assessment
  • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (5x 500-word tasks) – 40% weighting
  • Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words) – 40% weighting
  • Assignment 3: Academic Poster – 20% weighting

Languages - French, Spanish, German (30 CAT)

Other Languages may be accommodated, however, we cannot guarantee this.

Sessions
  • Seminars: Tuesdays 5.00-7.00pm
  • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
Assessment
  • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (5x 500-word tasks) – 100% weighting

Mathematics (24 CAT or 30 CAT)

Sessions
  • Seminars: Thursdays 9.00-11.00am or Thursdays 3.00-5.00pm (you will be asked to select)
  • Workshops: Tuesdays 5.30-7.30pm or Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm (you will be asked to select)
Assessment
  • 24 CAT
    • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (5x 500-word tasks) – 50% weighting
    • Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words) – 50% weighting
  • 30 CAT
    • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (5x 500-word tasks) – 40% weighting
    • Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words) – 40% weighting
    • Assignment 3: Academic Poster – 20% weighting

Physics (30 CAT)

Sessions
  • Seminars: Fridays 9.00-11.00am
  • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
Assessment
  • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (5x 500-word tasks) – 50% weighting
  • Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words) – 50% weighting

Primary Teaching (15 CAT or 30 CAT)

Sessions
  • Seminars: Thursdays 3.00-5.00pm
  • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
Assessment
  • 15 CAT
    • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (5x 500-word tasks) – 100% weighting
  • 30 CAT
    • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (5x 500-word tasks) – 40% weighting
    • Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words) – 40% weighting
    • Assignment 3: Academic Poster – 20% weighting