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Professional Learning (School Direct)

Module titleProfessional Learning (School Direct)
Module codeEDUM030
Academic year2022/3
Module staff

Dr Annabel Watson (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This non-credit bearing module links closely with two level 7, credit bearing modules EDUM031:Subject & Curriculum Studies and EDUM032: Education & Professional Studies. During this module you will work in school for 36 weeks. Throughout your school placement you will compile an Individual Development Portfolio (IDP) that contains evidence of achieving the professional standards required by the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) for recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Successful completion of all three modules leads to the award of PGCE (School Direct) with QTS.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of the module is to enable students to demonstrate reflection on their professional development and provide evidence of achievement of the range of essential knowledge, skills and experience listed in the Teachers’ Standards required by the NCTL for QTS, available at:

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. recognise pupilsÂ’ learning needs and interpret these learning needs in order to plan, teach, assess and evaluate lessons and schemes of work;
  • 2. demonstrate confident academic and pedagogic subject knowledge to teach across two designated Key Stages;
  • 3. demonstrate secure understanding of the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and assessment regulations for teaching in your designated Key Stages;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate your personal professional learning;
  • 5. demonstrate the ability to plan your future professional development needs;

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. manage your own learning development;
  • 7. learn effectively and be aware of your own learning strategies;
  • 8. work productively in different kinds of teams (formal, informal, project based, etc); and
  • 9. think creatively about the main features of a given problem and develop strategies for its resolution.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

This module relates directly to spending a full academic year in a school placement. During this time, you will have a second placement in a different school of at least 6 weeks in length. While you are working in school, you will compile evidence of your professional learning and of meeting the competencies listed in the professional standards required by the NCTL for the award of QTS.

Your training will be delivered using the Exeter Model of Initial Teacher Education, widely recognised as an exemplary framework for teacher education. During your time in school you will study two co-required modules: Subject and Curriculum Studies, and Education and Professional Studies. These will be delivered by distance learning using the University of Exeter’s virtual learning environment, ELE.  Throughout the year your development will be supported by experienced teachers and by a University Link Tutor who will visit you in school.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Guided Independent Study600Self-directed reading related to classroom practice;
Placement600A range of learning activities including: classroom observations and teaching; tutorials including discussion about professional learning; written critical reflection on progress towards achieving the required professional standards; and written action plans for further development.


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written and oral critical reflection on professional learning evidenced by Formative Reflections on Achievement and Progress in the IDP. Continuous assessment of professional learning throughout the programme.1-9Verbal feedback; written feedback in Formative Reflections on Achievement and progress; and Action Plans agreed with tutor.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio of evidence of achievement of the professional standards required by the NCTL for QTS. 100Portfolio to be developed during the 36 weeks of the programme. 1-9Pass/Fail indicated by Final Summative Report


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Portfolio of evidencePortfolio of evidence1-7See notes below.

Re-assessment notes

If a submitted portfolio is deemed to be a Fail, you will be given feedback outlining what needs to be done to bring the portfolio to a pass standard and one opportunity for resubmission will be allowed, based on an additional school placement if this is confirmed by the Consequences Board following the Examination Board for the PGCE School Direct programme.

The resubmission would normally be made at the end of the additional placement.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

There are no explicit learning resources linked to this module. Details of the Exeter Model of Initial Teacher Education will be available online and in the School Direct programme handbook. Resources available and suggested for the two accompanying modules in the PGCE School Direct programme will also be relevant to support learning in this module.

Web based and electronic resources: see the PGCE School Direct courses in ELE (

Teachers’ Standards (2012) available at:

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

PGCE, professional learning, critical reflection, individual development portfolio, QTS

Credit value
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites


Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


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