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					Professional Graduate Diploma in Education
Primary Education

Nursery Placement

Support Material for Students, Class Teachers and

Session 2011/2012

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Partnership Between Nursery and University                           3

      Background Information                                        3
      Programme Aims                                                3
      The Beginning Teacher                                         4
      Complementary Roles of Nursery and University                 5
      Dates of School Experience 2011/2012                          5

Nursery Experience Descriptor:                                       6

      Dates of Nursery Experience                                   6
      Rationale                                                     6
      Aims & Learning Outcomes                                      6

Placement Requirements: Student                                      7

Placement Procedures: Mentor                                         12

Placement Procedures: Tutor                                          15


      appendix i:     PGDE (P) Programme Regulations                17

      appendix ii:    Nursery Planning/Observation Formats          21,22

      appendix iii:   Personal Record of Progress Form              23

      appendix iv:    Criteria for Assessment                       24

      appendix v:     Tutor/School Summative Assessment Form        25

      appendix vi:    Continuity and Progression Grid               29

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Planning and partnership between the Nursery and the University are fundamental to the
students' experience. To facilitate the development of this relationship the following
information is intended to provide an indication of the purpose of each school experience to
all participants.

Background Information

The PGDE(P) cohort of students arrives in the University with a wide range of degrees and
experience. Many of them have had other employment before coming to University and
have made a conscious decision to change their career direction.

Already having a degree, they are mature adult learners and realise that they have a
tremendous amount to learn in just one year. They are self-confident enough to ask for the
knowledge they realise they require. However, because of all these factors, they can also
be apprehensive - although this might be well hidden - and they are keen to succeed. They
will make great demands of Teachers/Nursery Officers, recognising that you have the skills
which they are so eager to acquire and asking that you explain your practice so that they
may understand. However, like the class of children you teach they are all different with a
variety of strengths and weaknesses. A demand which will stimulate and develop one
student may destroy the confidence of another. We ask that you differentiate the demands
you make of students in accordance with your assessments of their abilities. They will be
grateful for your perception and sensitivity.

Programme Aims

The Programme seeks to:

      work collaboratively with local authorities and partner schools/nurseries to develop
       beginner primary teachers who can demonstrate the competence required to
       overtake the professional and academic demands of the programme;

      provide an ethos where collaborative endeavour promotes effective use of each
       participant’s subject specialism and previous experience;

      develop reflective practitioners who are able to value themselves and others;

      prepare participants to work as team members with colleagues, parents, carers and
       professionals within and outwith the school setting;

      use recent and relevant research in teaching and learning and develop the
       participants’ ability to engage in active classroom/nursery-based research;

      use evidence to inform choice and make appropriate change to promote effective
       educational practice and progress;

      help foster a creative vision of education relevant to its current and future contexts;

      generate a number of learning outcomes that will be developed by both University
       based approaches and school/nursery based experience.

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At completion of the Programme students will:

      have a sound knowledge of the pre-school and primary school curriculum;

      understand how children learn and have an ability to deliver and provide for
       appropriate learning;

      be able to manage classrooms and motivate children;

      be able to assess children based on a sound understanding of assessment principles
       and techniques and be able to present assessment report findings to parents;

      know the structure of the Scottish education System and its relationship to other
       education systems.

The Beginner Teacher

The Beginner Teacher is characterised in accordance with ‘The Standard for Initial Teacher
Education’ Q.A.A.H.E. (2006) as one who has developed a range of understanding,
knowledge and competence to allow him/her to undertake successfully a period of
probationary training.

Full details of the SITE Benchmarks can be accessed from the QAA Scotland website:

They can also be accessed from the P.G.D.E.(P) University website, as can other required

The beginner teacher will:

      be accountable for their role in the education of the whole child and young person,
       and will take professional responsibility for this;

      engage with current educational issues and contribute to the processes of curriculum
       development, staff development and school development;

      undertake a range of teaching approaches which will facilitate the learning of pupils;

      support the pastoral care of pupils;

      promote equality of opportunity among all people in an inclusive society, and actively
       take steps to counter discrimination;

      promote the learning of those pupils who encounter barriers to learning, including
       those who are in need of support for learning in particular areas of the curriculum;
       and those with emotional and behavioural difficulties;

      report the success and progress of pupils to parents and other interested parties;

      take responsibility for and be committed to their own professional development;

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      use research and other forms of valid evidence to inform choice, change and
       priorities in promoting educational practices and progress;

      relate appropriately as a developing professional to other teachers, colleagues from
       other professions, para-professionals and agencies in support of the pupils, and
       embrace the merits of collaborative working;

      undertake administrative duties as required in a school.

Complementary Roles of Nursery and University

The role of the Nursery is:

      to provide a supportive and reflective context in which the Standard for Initial Teacher
       Education (SITE) can be developed;

      to assist in developing the SITE by observing students’ practice, by demonstrating
       and modelling skills and by supporting and advising;

      to make specific contributions to the teaching of certain aspects of SITE e.g.
       introducing students to School/Nursery-wide issues.

The role of the University is:

      to provide a supportive and reflective context in which the students competence will

      to develop the understanding, skills and attitudes of students with respect to the

      to share with nurseries during placement in the development of the standard,
       observing and assessing students, demonstrating and modelling skills where
       appropriate and by supporting and advising.

Dates for School Experience           2011-2012

Observation Week                      Monday 29th August – Thursday 1st September 2011

Middle Stages Placement               Monday 26th September - Friday 30th September 2011
                                      Monday 31st October – Friday 25th November 2011
Recall/Partnership Day                Wednesday 9th November 2011

Upper Stages Placement                Monday 9th January – Friday 10th February 2012
Pre-Visit                             Friday 9th December 2011
Recall/Partnership Day                Wednesday 18th January 2012

Nursery Placement                     Monday 5th March – Friday 23rd March 2012
Pre-Visit                             Wednesday 22nd February 2012

Early Stages Placement                Monday 30th April – Friday 1st June 2012
Pre-Visit                             Wednesday 18th April 2012
Recall/Partnership Day                Wednesday 9th May 2012

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Nursery Experience

Monday 5th March – Friday 23rd March 2012


This module is designed to enable students to enhance their understanding of Early
Education. The previous placement provided the opportunity for a sustained period of
practice in the Upper Primary setting. This placement provides students with the opportunity
to benefit from experience in a Nursery setting, and will be followed by the opportunity for a
sustained period of practice in an Early Years setting. Students will be able to compare and
contrast these two settings and be able to recognise issues to do with continuity, progression
and transition in the early years.


       to develop students’ understanding of nursery education; contexts for learning and
        development; and the role of the educator as a facilitator for children’s learning and

       to develop the students’ understanding of play as a learning experience;

       to develop the student’s ability to undertake and react to observations in a nursery

       to develop the students’ ability to participate in planning, implementing, resourcing,
        assessing and evaluating the curriculum;

       to provide opportunities for meeting with parents, carers, other professionals and the
        wider community.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

       in collaboration with Nursery staff observe and critically identify the ways in which the
        Nursery gathers evidence of children's learning and development;

       observe children's interests, discuss these with the children, outline these interests
        within a plan consulting with the Nursery team;

       in collaboration with the team identify the best way of sharing the observations of the
        child's interests and collaborative planning with the parent;

       plan to show the children's interests, possible learning outcomes, the adults' role and
        the links to curriculum and in collaboration with the children, identify appropriate
        resources. Record the learning that is taking place;

       develop their skills in critical reflection;

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      develop a critical understanding of the Scottish Education system and their own role
       within this;

      appreciate the link between policy and practice;

      engage with wider reading and research to inform their developing professional


Schools should note that all students have obtained Enhanced Disclosures and that these
have been scrutinized by University personnel.

Placement Requirements: Student

School File Requirements

The School File should be accessible to Teachers/Nursery Officers every day and should be
kept up to date.

The School File should contain the following elements, in this suggested order:

      Contents Page

      Placement Progression Grid

      Goals for the Placement

      School/Nursery & Community Information

      Information on 3 Selected School/Nursery Policies

      Research: 3 areas

      Class Information & Parent/Carer Interview Information

      Context Area Planning (including resourcing). NB This will be a cumulative working

      Observations and Evaluations of one child

      Weekly Self Evaluations

      Personal Record of Progress Forms – these must be filled out weekly by the student
       and signed by the class teacher. The class teacher may add his/her comments as
       deemed necessary. All the PROP forms relative to the ongoing placement should be
       retained in the file.

      SITE Benchmark Audit

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Information on the class

The students will find out as much information as possible in relation to the children in the
class. Their knowledge of the class will be demonstrated through their teaching file and in
discussion with the class teacher and the tutor. It is recommended that students find out:

      how many children there are in the class? What is the gender and age mix?

      are there any children with additional support needs?

      are there any particular behaviour issues that require specific consideration?

      are there any medical issues with which you will need to be familiar?

      what other adults are working with the class?
       what is their remit and how can you develop effective working practices with them?

The Curriculum

      how is the Curriculum Framework 3-5/ Curriculum for Excellence interpreted in this

      what is the general daily routine?


      what access to ICT, music, art facilities etc. is there?
      what library facilities are at your disposal?
      what other practical learning resources are available for your use?
      can you enrich provision by accessing/generating additional resources?

General School/Nursery Life

      will there be any school/nursery closure/in-service days whilst you are there?
       Attendance at in-service days is strongly recommended;

      are there particular staff room procedures to which you should adhere? (E.g. bring
       your own mug/cup, weekly/daily payment for refreshments, seating arrangements).

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Summary of Student Requirements for the Nursery Placement

The students are required to:

      set up and maintain a Nursery experience file for the placement;

      observe the adults interacting with children as individuals, in groups and as a whole

      participate in the day to day provision and practice within the nursery setting;

      use the nursery planning format (appendix i) to plan for effective learning
       experiences within context areas (normally two) during the placement;
          o McCrone Time- Where relevant, please note that the student will follow the
              children’s activities rather than the teacher’s routine. Thus the student will
              stay with the class at all times even when the ‘McCrone Teacher’ has
              responsibility for the class.

      provide analytical summary of professional and personal development derived from
       the placement in weekly evaluations with a focus on the following:

           o   Week 1: Information gathered from observations (how useful are the
           o   Week 2 & 3: Your role as a facilitator of children’s learning/development;
               working collaboratively with other adults in the Nursery setting.

      conduct an interview with a parent/carer that will focus on the contribution that
       Nursery is making to the development of their child;

      continue to audit their development against the SITE Benchmarks;

      gather evidence that will contribute to their ePortfolio.

NB: In settings where two students are working, it should be determined locally whether the
first context should be developed cooperatively. Subsequent contexts should be developed

Photographic evidence

In no circumstances should a student use his/her camera to take photographs of pupils in
the nursery/grounds. It is realised that photographic evidence is a valuable tool by which
many nurseries obtain and record evidence of pupils’ progress and students may be invited
to participate in this whilst on placement. If the nursery camera is used and resulting photos
are kept within the nursery context, under the supervision of Nursery Staff, this is
acceptable. However, such evidence must not be gathered /stored by the student on his/her
camera or be provided in his/her file as evidence, as this would contravene agreements
made with all our partner Education Authorities. Photos of displays, contexts areas,
equipment are acceptable so long as they contain no pupils.

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It is recommended that students use the exemplar format for planning context areas
(appendix ii). Advice on the use of this document will be given to students prior to the

Student Assessment of Children's Progress
Students should record evidence of their growing understanding of how children’s
progress/learning/development can be articulated against the five key aspects of the
Curriculum Framework 3 -5 (where applicable) and of Curriculum for Excellence. This will
be noted within planning documentation, evaluations and notes gathered on the child who
has been selected for particular focus.

The students should reflect upon their professional development at the end of each week of
placement; this will take the form of a Weekly Evaluation. The students should concentrate
upon their progress in relation to their goals, what has gone well and what could have been
improved upon. The lesson plan evaluations and the PROP forms should feed into the
Weekly Evaluation, and students should also draw upon theory within these reflections.
Links to SITE Benchmarks should be noted.

Opportunities within the school
In the final few days of placement, if the student has successfully completed his/her days of
responsibility and the teacher and tutor are happy with his/her performance, the student is
encouraged to spend some time (eg. an afternoon) gaining a wider picture of provision within
the school (eg. a nurture room, hearing impairment unit, support for learning room, or even
another stage of the school). Please note that this is a flexible arrangement and is NOT a
requirement of the placement, merely a recommendation.

Procedure and timeline regarding a failed/incomplete Nursery placement
As the nursery placement is set over a three-week block, all resit Nursery placements (and
first sits on medical grounds) will take place in September/October 2012, with the
submission of 3A (eportfolio) being due on the following Wednesday. The projected timeline
for this is:

      May/June 2012: Early Stages placement (with the current cohort)
      September/October 2012: Resit Nursery Placement
      The Wednesday following the successful overtaking of the final placement:
       Submission of 3A (eportfolio)

General Points to note regarding failed/incomplete placements
   The student should attend all university inputs (including placement briefings) at the
      same time as the rest of the cohort.
   A resit placement will involve two tutor visits: a support visit and a summative visit.
      The student will be allocated a different tutor and a different school for the resit, and
      will normally return to their original tutor for all placements thereafter.
   If medical grounds for failure to complete have been given for any placement, then
      the re-scheduled placement will be termed a “First Sit” instead of a “resit”. Medical
      cover must be provided in all instances.

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      For those students who do NOT complete the course by June 2012, the NQT year
       will not start until August 2013.
      If the student fails two placements, he/she will not be permitted a further resit and will
       therefore be recommended to the Exam. Board for Termination of Studies.

Student Responsibilities
There must be a GTCS-registered teacher present when a student is taking PE or
accompanying pupils in off-site activities.

Students must not transport pupils in their own cars to and from venues even if accompanied
by a GTCS-registered colleague.

Students must not undertake playground duty unaccompanied by a GTCS-registered

Students have not been trained in toileting children and are thus not to be involved in this
aspect of meeting children’s needs. Should a child require assistance, the student should
alert the appropriate colleague immediately.

Professional Decorum
Students are reminded to adhere to all the advice which has been offered regarding
responsibility, courtesy and maintaining a professional demeanour at all times. Additionally
they should be aware of GTCS’ Professional Code of Conduct which can be viewed at

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Placement Procedures: Mentor

Role of the mentor specific to the requirements of this placement

The mentor is asked to:

      take the opportunity to discuss with the student:

            o   the children's response to his/her involvement;
            o   the efficacy of their planning;
            o   their ability to select, generate and use appropriate resources;
            o   their developing ability to contribute to the Nursery team;
            o   their developing understanding of how theory relates to practice;

      discuss and evaluate his/her planning (in the School Experience file) and
       involvement with the student, signing and dating the student’s Prop Form (adding
       comments as appropriate).

      arrange for the student to observe the organisation and management undertaken by
       the Nursery team in a variety of situations;

      share with the student the Nursery procedures in relation to Health & Safety,
       Confidentiality, and Organisation & Management of the Nursery setting;

      maximize opportunities for the student to contribute constructively to the Nursery
       team in the class;

      plan with the student so that he/she can undertake responsibility for planning and
       delivering context areas (normally two) which will develop the children’s interests and
       contribute to their development;

      allow the student to carry out observations and tasks specifically linked with any
       University assignments;

      suggest a parent whom the student might approach to discuss the contribution that
       Nursery is making to his/her child’s development;

      oversee the student’s teaching file and offer constructive comment where

      liaise with the University tutor and thus make an informed contribution to the
       summative assessment report (appendix v);

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Assessment of PGDE(P) Students

Personal Record of Progress Form

The student will fill in the above form (appendix iii) on a weekly basis. We ask that you
discuss this with the student, signing and dating the form at the end of each week of
placement. You may add any comments you feel are appropriate on this form. These forms
will be kept in the student’s file, and will be an early indicator of the student’s progress; we
encourage you to highlight any concerns on this form at the earliest opportunity so that the
student can take steps to address any issues arising. If you have concerns about the
progress of the student, you are asked to make early contact with the placement convenor
Paola Fallone (01382 381481) or Heather Tester (01382 381431). Should neither person be
available at the time of your call, you are advised to intimate your concern via email
( and

Summative Report Form

This Nursery Experience is assessed by both the mentor and the tutor on the same profile
format. The Summative Report Form (appendix v) may be completed in hand-written or
digital format. This will be completed by the University tutor in collaboration with the mentor.
The digital proforma can be obtained from Hilda Connelly or downloaded from the Faculty
website which is available at this URL:

Each aspect is assessed summatively and graded PASS/FAIL.

Evidence which will be used for the report will be gathered from:

      observation of the student teaching
      observation of children's activities
      discussion with the student
      scrutiny of the school experience file, particularly:
           o   planning
           o   assessment
           o   evaluation and reflection

It would be very much appreciated if you could find time to look at and discuss the file with
the student over the Programme of the placement.

If the University tutor and Nursery mentor agree that three or more categories have not been
met, this will result in a failed placement. If this happens then a resit placement will be
arranged for a later date.

The procedure which is recommended for summative assessment is noted on Page 15/16.

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SITE Benchmarks and the Summative Report Form

All of the SITE Benchmarks are valuable from the beginning of the Programme because
they set the agenda for present and future planning by the student (in collaboration with
tutors and Nursery staff) and provide a framework for self-evaluation and target-setting. The
benchmarks inform the criteria for summative assessment.

The SITE Benchmarks provide a comprehensive description of a teacher’s professional role
and arguably provide a possible blueprint for continuing professional development
throughout a teacher’s career. As a condition of validation, Teacher Education Programmes
provided by University of Dundee and other Scottish institutions seek to promote the
development of these benchmarks with the students enrolled on them. Clearly the level of
competence achieved by an experienced qualified teacher will be different from that which
might reasonably be expected of a ‘beginner teacher’, the end product of the initial teacher
education Programme. In a similar manner the degree of competence achieved by a
student during the Programme should develop as the Programme progresses and the
student’s experience and awareness increase.

Many of the Benchmarks relate to the daily practical experience of teaching. However some
of them e.g. child protection are more likely to arise as policy issues. Students are given
guidance as to how to obtain and provide evidence relating to these areas.

Students are required to keep a record of their achievement in the development of
Benchmarks through the Programme. This will be available to you in the student’s school
experience file and will also inform elements of the developing ePortfolio.
In making comment relating to the students placed with you the University of Dundee relies
on your professional judgment.

Nursery and University staffs both contribute to the development of all the Benchmarks. The
Programme is dependent on the schools/nurseries for providing a supportive context for the
development of all the Benchmarks. Schools/Nurseries can of Programme be particularly
helpful with certain items, and should exercise discretion in identifying and negotiating these
with tutors and students in the light of their special circumstances.

Quality of Comment in the Nursery Experience Report

Nursery Experience reports fulfill two main functions:

      they inform the University of the Students’ Progress;
      they help the student to self-evaluate and set targets for future placements.

For each purpose the quality of statements made are crucial. We ask that you consider the
following points when determining your comments:

      amount                         Full rather than brief
      balanced                       Positive comments as well as development needs
      specific                       Explicit better than general
      helpful                        Constructive advice
      competence-related             Describing achievements as well as qualities

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Please give your student feedback as their school experience progresses. They only have
one brief year in which to become “beginner teachers” and they cannot afford to wait until
the last day to find out if their performance has been less than satisfactory.

If you wish to discuss the details of this placement or have concerns about your student,
please contact:

Paola Fallone
School Experience Convenor
01382 381481

School Experience Administrators:
Heather Tester: 01382 381532
Hilda Connelly : 01382 381431

Helen Mackay
Programme Director
01382 381488

Placement Procedures: Tutor

Tutor Visit

There will be one tutor visit, the date and time of which will be notified to the school/nursery
and the student. This visit is summatively assessed, in collaboration with the nursery mentor.
It is expected that the student will engage with children during this visit. The tutor visit will be
timed so that students will be afforded the opportunity to consolidate their skills and to
assimilate and implement the ongoing formative advice given by school/nursery colleagues.
Should schools find it necessary to request a change of date for the visit, they are asked to
contact Heather Tester as soon as possible. Heather can be contacted on 01382 381532. If
Heather is not available please contact Hilda Connelly on 01382 381431. Further details of
visits can be found in the section entitled “Placement Procedures: Tutors.”

Unless there are exceptional circumstances this visit should not take place until 1½ weeks of
the placement have passed. The tutor will take a note of the e-mail address of the nursery in
the course of the visit, so that the summative report can be conveyed to nursery colleagues
timeously. Electronic generation of the report is recommended in view of the time factors.

The tutor visit will have the following components:

      the student will take the tutor around the various learning contexts in the nursery,
       explaining their purpose and intended learning, focusing especially on the contexts
       which the student has developed and had experience of;

      the student will describe how the learning has been assessed and evaluated and
       how subsequent progression has been identified and addressed;

      the tutor will then read the file and observe the student interacting with children;

   NB: The elements above will take approximately 1 hour.

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      the tutor will then discuss the student’s progress with the mentor;

      subsequently the tutor will discuss the placement with the student;

      finally, the tutor and the mentor will collaborate in preparing comments for the
       summative report form;

      within two working days the tutor will finalise the report and a copy will be sent to the
       mentor by e-mail so that they can ensure that the comments and grades therein are
       a true reflection of their shared perceptions. Only in cases where the mentor wishes
       to draw attention to discrepancies in the resulting Summative report form will they
       need to contact the University. We ask that any concerns are communicated to the
       University as quickly as possible, and certainly within three working days. The
       comments/grades on the Summative Report form is conditional on the performance
       of the student in the ensuing time in nursery and will be subject to change, should
       there be a marked change in performance subsequently. In cases where there are
       concerns over the performance of the student at the time of the tutor visit, the tutor
       will contact the nursery by phone in the latter part of the final week of the placement,
       to agree final comments/gradings.

If the tutor and teacher, in consultation, have concerns over the student's performance, they
are asked to make this clear to the student and discuss ways in which the student may
address this in order to gain improvement.

The summative Report form will be issued to the student when the agreed comments have
been confirmed.

External Examiner Visits
Please note that occasionally the tutor will be accompanied on these visits by an external
examiner for quality assurance purposes. It is to be stressed that on these occasions the
programme procedures and the tutor - not the student - are under scrutiny.

University Paired Tutor Visits
Again, for quality assurance purposes, the tutor may also be accompanied by an additional
university tutor to ensure cohesion and consistency on school experience procedures and

At any one time a maximum of two adults will be visiting the student.

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Appendix i: PGDE (Primary) Programme Regulations

      1. Entrance Requirements

      1.1 In order to be admitted to a programme, you will be required to have obtained
      entrance qualifications as determined and approved by the School Board, taking
      account of requirements specified by the Scottish Executive. Entrance qualification
      requirements are specified annually in University publicity materials.

      1.2 In order to be admitted to the programme, you will be required to satisfy the
      requirements of the Police Act 1997, Part V. This requires the completion of an
      enhanced disclosure of criminal record. If you do not meet the requirements of the
      University or any appropriate professional body in respect of criminal record
      disclosure, your studies may be terminated.

      2. Academic Requirements - General

      2.1 General progression requirements

      2.1.1     In order to complete the programme and become eligible for an award, you
      must satisfy the Board of Examiners that you have met the minimum accumulated
      credit requirements for the programme as outlined in the table below. The credit values
      of the programme modules are specified in the programme’s Admissions and
      Assessment Protocols.

            Year of attendance                                                    1

            SCQF level                                                           10

            Credits awarded on entry                                            None

            Period of study                                                 FT 36 weeks

            Minimum accumulated credits required for                            144
            Title of exit award                                  Professional Graduate Diploma in
                                                                       Education (Primary)
            Professionally accredited award                                    Yes

      2.1.2 The maximum period of study for an award is normally one year more than the
      period of study specified for the award. (See Regulation 2.1.1).

      2.1.3 If you do not meet the requirements of Regulations 2.1.1 or 2.1.2, your studies
      may be terminated. (See Regulation 2.4)

      2.1.4 You may receive an exit award only upon completing your studies and leaving
      the School.

      2.1.5 If on completion of your studies you are in debt to the University or have failed to
      return library books or teaching resources, your award may not be granted.

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      2.2 Attendance and Participation

      2.2.1 If your attendance or participation in any module (including school experience)
      falls below 80% or is deemed to be unsatisfactory, the Board of Examiners may
      determine either that (a) your studies will be terminated (see Regulation 2.4) or (b) that
      you must undertake additional work or an additional period of placement.
      Additionally, students should note that mention may be made of levels of attendance in
      the Profile for Entry to the Teaching Profession.

      Attendance and participation requirements are provided in the Programme’s
      Admission and Assessment Protocols.

      2.3 Withdrawal, Temporary Absence and Discounted Periods of Study

      2.3.1 You may withdraw temporarily from your studies for a period of up to one year by
      obtaining the prior written approval of the Convener of the Board of Examiners.
      Periods of absence must be approved by the School Board. The Convener of the
      Board of Examiners will determine the terms under which you will be allowed to
      resume your studies.

      2.3.2 Periods of absence for which temporary withdrawal approval is obtained are
      discounted for the purposes of Regulations 2.1.2 and 2.1.3.

      2.3.3 On returning from an approved period of temporary withdrawal, you will not
      normally be required to repeat any modules or periods of placement which you have
      already completed and for which credit has been awarded.

      2.3.4 If you are absent from your studies for a period of 6 weeks or more and have not
      had your period of absence approved as required under Regulation 2.3.1, your studies
      may be terminated. (See Regulation 2.4)

      2.3.5 If your absence for a period of over 6 weeks without approval under Regulation
      2.3.1 is due to medically certified illness, you will be permitted to seek retrospective
      approval for a discounted period of temporary withdrawal.

      2.3.6 You may withdraw permanently from your studies by informing the Programme
      Director in writing of your wish to withdraw.

      2.4 Termination of Studies

      2.4.1 If your studies are terminated, you will have the right of appeal to the Termination
      of Studies (Appeals) Committee. If your appeal is successful, you will be permitted to
      continue your studies subject to such conditions as the Dean may determine. If your
      appeal is successful, you will not be required to repeat any modules or periods of
      placement which you have already completed and for which credit has been awarded.
      If the Committee requires you to repeat a year, the repeat year will be discounted for
      the purposes of Regulations 2.1.2 and 2.1.3.

      2.4.2 If your appeal is rejected by the School Committee, it will be reconsidered by the
      Senate Termination of Studies (Appeals) Committee. If the Senate Termination of
      Studies (Appeals) Committee upholds your appeal, you will be permitted to continue
      your studies subject to such conditions as the Dean may determine.

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      2.5 Suspension of Studies

      2.5.1 Criminal Charges
      You are required to inform the School Secretary of any criminal charges which are
      made against you while you are a student. Failure to do so may result in the
      suspension of your studies.

      2.5.2 Conduct
      If your conduct either on or off University premises is deemed by the Dean to be
      unsatisfactory, you may be suspended from your studies at any time.

      Unsatisfactory behaviour is defined as any serious, unprofessional behaviour which, in
      the opinion of the Dean, may adversely affect clients, service users, other students,
      teaching staff or the reputation of the University.

      2.5.3 If your studies are suspended under Regulation 2.5.1 or 2.5.2, the Dean will,
      within 10 working days, either re-admit you to your studies with immediate effect or
      institute proceedings under the University’s Student Discipline Ordinance 40.

      2.5.4 In addition to Regulations 2.5.1 and 2.5.2, you may be liable to the disciplinary
      procedures of the professional body under which your programme is professionally
      validated or those of the agency or institution in which you are undergoing a
      placement. Information about these additional procedures which apply to you when
      you are on placement is available in the Programme’s Admission and Assessment

      2.5.5 Where the Dean does not apply his/her powers under Regulation 2.5.1 or 2.5.2,
      the Dean or other Authorised Officer may directly institute proceedings under the
      University’s Student Discipline Ordinance 40.

      3. Assessment

      3.1 The method of assessment in each module (including school experience) and the
      requirements for completing the module will be determined by the examiners for that
      module and approved by the School Board. Assessment methods and requirements
      are detailed in the programme’s Admission and Assessment Protocols (Part 4).

      3.2 In assessing your individual module performance, the Board of Examiners will take
      all relevant circumstances into account.

      3.3 If you pass the assessment for a module, you will be awarded the credits for that
      module, as detailed in the Programme’s Admission and Assessment Protocols.

      3.4 If you fail a single module, the module may be reassessed once by such means as
      the Board of Examiners may decide is appropriate.

      3.5 If you fail two consecutive or separate placement assessments your studies may
      be terminated. (See Regulation 2.4)

      3.6 If, due to medically certified illness or other serious cause, you are unable to
      complete the assessment for a module, the module may be assessed once by such
      means as the Board of Examiners shall determine.

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      3.7 If at any time your general performance of the work of the programme is deemed
      by the Board of Examiners to be unsatisfactory, your studies may be terminated. (See
      Regulation 2.4)

      3.8 You may be required by the Board of Examiners to present yourself for an oral
      examination. The requirements for oral examinations are detailed in the Admissions
      and Assessment Protocols.

      3.9 If, through disability, you are unable to be assessed by the usual methods
      specified for the Programme, the methods, on the recommendation of the School
      Secretary and with the approval of the Academic Secretary, will be varied.

      3.10 Incidents of suspected and academic dishonesty are dealt with under the relevant
      University Senate regulations.

      4. Programme Management

      4.1 A copy of the programme’s Admission and Assessment Protocols can be found in
      section 4 of this handbook. These supplement the Regulations and are approved by
      the School Board.

      4.2 External Examiners are appointed and operate in accordance with procedures
      determined by Senate and the School Academic Standards Committee.

      4.3 Membership of the Board of Examiners is approved by School Board and consists
      of the academic staff involved in teaching modules, approved external assessors and
      the relevant external examiners. The Convener is nominated by the Dean or relevant
      Head of Department. Programme regulations are interpreted and applied at the
      discretion of the Board of Examiners.

      4.4 You will be allocated an Advisor of Studies whose responsibility it is to advise you
      on your choice of elective and provide general academic and pastoral advice.

      The relationship between the University and external bodies involved in the delivery of
      the Programme is subject to the formal approval and quality assurance mechanisms of
      the School. External bodies are involved in the assessment of placement, the provision
      of practice teachers, Boards of Examiners and the provision of external lectures.
      Information on the contribution and remit of external bodies is provided in the
      Programme’s Admission and Assessment Protocols.

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Appendix ii: Nursery Planning/Observation Formats

                       Context Planning for Children’s Learning
Checklist – Do I have:
Justification for focus?
Mind maps/discussion with children?
Date of commencement:                       Children’s interests/needs
Name(s) of child(ren)

Where      this    can         be     best Outside

                                  Potential Learning
Skills                  Knowledge     and Attitudes          and Processes
                        Understanding        Dispositions

Links to 3 – 5 Curriculum Framework

Additional Resources

The Role of the Adult                        Staff/Child Interactions

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Appendix ii: Nursery Planning/Observation Formats

Day                                          Date
Daily observation/evaluation
Significant Observations

Evaluation of Children’s Learning

Possible Lines of Development for Children

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Appendix iii: Personal Record of Progress Form (PROP)

                                     UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE

                          PERSONAL RECORD OF PROGRESS FORM
                       To be completed at the end of each week of placement

Student:                                                  School Experience:

Week:                                                     Date completed:

It is recommended that you comment below on aspects of your school experience that relate to
specific SITE Benchmarks and personal goals.

Areas of perceived strength:


Areas to be developed:


Class Teacher: I agree/disagree with the above comments (please circle)

Please give an indication of the student’s performance to date (please circle)
Excellent / Very Good / Good / Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory

Do you have a cause for concern regarding the student? Yes/No (If yes, you are advised to contact the
School Experience Convenor)

Any Additional Comments:

                                                       Comments can be continued over the page if necessary.

                Satisfactory             Needs attention

Student’s signature …………………………………….. Date……………………………………

Class teacher’s signature …………………………….. Date……………………………………

The student should discuss his/her progress and reflections with the class teacher on a weekly basis,
and this form should be used as a focus for this discussion. Once completed, and counter signed,
this form should be placed within the student's SE folder.

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     Appendix iv: Nursery School Experience – Criteria for Assessment

1. Professional Knowledge and Understanding
1.1: Curriculum                      Students’ planning shows an understanding of curriculum framework links
                                     (CfE and 3-5). Full planning is in place for at least one context area and the
                                     development of one previously existing context area. Observation schedules
                                     are used to gather relevant information and to target planned learning
                                     opportunities which meet the needs of children. Appropriate and relevant
                                     cross-curricular links are evident and learning activities clearly identified with
                                     reference to the observed and recorded needs of children.
1.2: Education Systems and Students are able to take responsibility for their context area(s), showing an
Professional Responsibility          ability to liaise with the Nursery team in the implementation of their plans for
                                     these areas. School Experience Folder shows evidence of planning,
                                     management, resourcing, observation, assessment and evaluations
                                     appropriate to the Nursery context. Students will also have considered three
                                     nursery policies, and be able to discuss how they implement these.
1.3: Principles and Perspectives     Students are able to draw upon relevant research, literature and theory to
                                     inform their practice. They should have gathered and commented upon
                                     three areas of research drawn from the following areas: permeative,
                                     curricular and class oriented.
2. Professional Skills and Abilities
2.1: Teaching and Learning           Students are able to demonstrate appropriate and effective interaction with
                                     children; they are developing their questioning skills as well as their
                                     understanding of appropriate levels of intervention. They are developing
                                     their ability to model appropriate behaviour and learning.
2.2: Classroom Organisation and Students are developing their understanding of how to manage effectively
Management                           the physical learning space within the Nursery setting. They are considering
                                     appropriate provision of learning contexts as well as the resourcing required.
                                     Their own context areas are well-maintained, resourced, developed and
                                     extended and are attractive to children. They are developing their ability to
                                     manage behaviour appropriately in the Nursery setting, asking for and acting
                                     on advice given by the Nursery team.
2.3: Pupil Assessment                Students are making use of observation schedules to gather relevant
                                     information about children’s learning. They are developing their ability to use
                                     this information to plan for targeted learning experiences in their context
                                     areas and suggesting valid additions to PLPs where possible.
2.4: Professional Reflection and Students are developing effective reflection in both their written evaluations
Communication                        and in their discussions with Nursery staff. They are able to discuss
                                     explicitly specific learning taking place and potential learning relating to all
                                     context areas with colleagues. Reference to literature and University inputs
                                     is being made to underpin their evaluations. They are also initiating
                                     discussions about learning in the Nursery context, asking pertinent,
                                     professional and thoughtful questions of staff.
3. Professional Values and Personal Commitment
3.1: Professional Values and Students are showing enthusiasm and commitment to the Nursery context
Personal Commitment                  and the placement as a whole. They arrive in good time (we advise
                                     approximately 30 minutes before the start of the day). They are keen to
                                     involve themselves in extra-curricular/end-of-day activities and are
                                     evidencing a desire to contribute positively to the ethos of the setting.
                                     Students are showing an awareness of and an ability to work well with the
                                     range of other adults and professionals involved in the Nursery setting. They
                                     are able to liaise with the Nursery team in the management of their own
                                     context areas as well as demonstrating a good ability to work collaboratively
                                     with others. They are also keen to understand the importance of the home-
                                     school connection. They are appropriately dressed for the Nursery setting at
                                     all times and behave appropriately in all circumstances with staff, parents,
                                     other professionals and children.

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     Appendix v: Tutor/School
     Summative Assessment Form

                                           Summative Assessment Form

     Please provide evidence of the student’s progress to date using the guidance from the University
     found in the relevant School Experience Booklet which is available on our Web-site at:

     The student should be assessed against the Standard for Initial Teacher Education but with
     consideration given to the stage that he/she is at in their ITE Programme

 Please provide a comment and an overall grade for each of the eight sections using the following S/U
 descriptors as a guideline:

    S - Satisfactory: Has made sufficient progress for this stage of development, with an appropriate
     level of support, and therefore this is considered a pass.
    U - Unsatisfactory: Has not made sufficient progress, for this stage of development, even with
     support, and therefore this is considered a fail.

If progress is Unsatisfactory, this should be clearly communicated to the student and substantiating
evidence provided in the report.

Please note that if a student accumulates a total of 3 or more U’s between the School report and the
Tutor report then this will result in a failed placement.

     Student Name:                                     School:                           Date:

     Programme:                                        Stage or Subject:                 Year of Study:

     Name of person completing the report:             Designation (e.g., Class Teacher, Tutor, HT, DHT, PT):

     I confirm that the content of the Report has      If ‘No’ please indicate why this was not possible
     been discussed with the student:

     Yes / No
     (delete as appropriate)

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Professional Knowledge and Understanding

Curriculum                                               S/U   Comments on progress to date drawing
                                                               on evidence

Acquire a knowledge and understanding of the
relevant area(s) of the pre-school primary or
secondary school curriculum.

Acquire the knowledge and understanding to fulfil
their responsibilities in respect of cross-curricular
themes including citizenship, creativity, enterprising
attitudes, literacy and numeracy; personal, social and
health education; and ICT, as appropriate to the
sector and stage of education.

Acquire the knowledge and understanding to enable
them to plan coherent and progressive teaching
programmes, and justify what they teach.

Acquire an understanding of the nature of the
curriculum and its development.

Education       systems        and      professional     S/U   Comments on progress to date drawing
responsibilities                                               on evidence

Acquire a broad and critical understanding of the
principal features of the education system,
educational policy and practice.

Acquire a good working knowledge of the sector in
which    they      teach    and their professional
responsibilities within it.

Principles and perspectives                              S/U   Comments on progress to date drawing
                                                               on evidence

Draw on relevant principles, perspectives and theories
to inform professional values and practices.

Acquire an understanding of research and its
contribution to education.

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Professional Skills and Abilities

    Teaching and Learning                                 S/U   Comments on progress to date drawing
                                                                on evidence

Plan coherent, progressive teaching programmes
which match their pupils’ needs and abilities, and
justify what they teach.

Communicate effectively, using a variety of media, to
stimulate pupils and achieve the objectives of lessons.

Employ a range of teaching strategies and justify their

Set expectations and a pace of work which make
appropriate demands on all pupils.

Work effectively in co-operation with other
professionals, staff and parents in order to promote

Classroom organisation and management                     S/U   Comments on progress to date drawing
                                                                on evidence

Organise classes and lessons to ensure that all pupils
are safe and productively employed when working
individually, in groups or as a class.

Manage pupil behaviour fairly, sensitively and
consistently by the use of appropriate rewards and
sanctions and know when it is necessary to seek

Pupil Assessment                                          S/U   Comments on progress to date drawing
                                                                on evidence

Understand and apply the principles of assessment,
recording and reporting.

Use the results of assessment to evaluate and
improve teaching and to improve standards of

Professional reflection and communication                 S/U   Comments on progress to date drawing
                                                                on evidence

Access and evaluate professionally relevant literature.

Construct and sustain reasoned and coherent
arguments      about    educational matters and
professional practices.

Reflect on and act to improve the effectiveness of
their own practice and contribute to the process of
curriculum development and school development

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Professional Values and Personal Commitment

Professional Values and Personal Commitment                  S/U   Comments on progress to date drawing
                                                                   on evidence

Value and demonstrate a commitment to social
justice, inclusion and protecting and caring for

Value, respect and show commitment               to    the
communities in which they work.

Value themselves as growing professionals by taking
responsibility for their professional learning and

Any additional comments:

Standard of Student’s Literacy:                       Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (please delete as appropriate)

Punctuality: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (please delete as appropriate)

No. of days absence: _________

Signature : ………………………………………………

Head Teacher's/School Regent’s Signature (where applicable): …………………………………………..


White copy: Student      Blue copy: University

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Appendix vi: Continuity and Progression Grid

                School         and       Research                  Policies                           Planning               Assessment                   Evaluation
                Information about        Identify three areas of   Identify three school policies     Lesson Plans for       To plan lessons which        Students        will
                the community, the       research relevant to      relevant to this placement;        each lesson taught.    clearly identify what will   evaluate individual
                school    and   the      this placement; be        be able to discuss how this                               be assessed and how this     lessons.

                class, e.g. class        able to discuss how       has informed practice. One         Daily Management       will happen. Students will
                groupings,      the      this has informed         of these has to be the Child       Plans for the 2 days   provide evidence of using    Weekly evaluations
                layout     of   the      practice.                 Protection Policy.                 of responsibility.     formative and summative      and PROP forms
                classroom etc.                                                                                               assessment techniques.       will        consider
                                         This must be in           This must be in place by                                                               progress throughout
                                         place by the end of       the end of the first week.                                                             that week.
                                         the first week.
                                                                                                                                                          The SITE Audit will
                                                                                                                                                          be completed.
                Information    about     Identify three areas of   Identify three school policies     Lesson Plans for       To plan lessons which        Students          will
                the community, the       research relevant to      relevant to this placement;        each lesson taught.    clearly identify what will   evaluate          any
                school    and    the     this placement; be        be able to discuss how this                               be assessed and how this     individual lessons.
                class, e.g. class        able to discuss how       has informed practice and          5 day Curricular       will happen.                 Students          will
                groupings,       the     this has informed         demonstrate evidence of            Plans for Maths and                                 evaluate          the

                layout     of    the     practice           and    this in the teaching file.         Language                Students will provide       lessons identified on
                classroom etc.           demonstrate                                                                         evidence      of     using   the DTMP.
                                         evidence      of   this   One of these policies should       These must be in       formative and summative
                Class     information    engagement in the         relate to Language or              the file before the    assessment      techniques   Weekly evaluations
                should also include      file.                     Maths, one should have a           period           of    as learning, for learning    and PROP forms
                notes relating to                                  generic focus, and one             responsibility         and of learning.             will        consider
                any         additional   This must be in           should consider an issue           begins.                                             progress throughout
                support        needs,    place by the end of       pertinent to the classroom in                             Students    will provide     that week.
                including      health    the first week.           which they are working.            Daily Management       evidence of recording
                concerns.                                                                             Plans for the 5 days   results in Language and      The SITE Audit will
                                                                   This must be in place by           of responsibility.     Mathematics.                 be completed.
                                                                   the end of the first week.

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               Information  about       Identify three areas of   Identify three school policies      Planning for context   Students will make use of       Students         will
               the community and        research relevant to      relevant to this placement;         area responsibility    observation to plan next        evaluate        daily
               the nursery.             this placement; be        be able to discuss how this                                steps for learning and to       considering      the
                                        able to discuss how       has informed practice and                                  target individual children’s    learning contexts.
               Information should       this has informed         demonstrate evidence of                                    development. This will be

               also include notes       practice           and    this in the teaching file.                                 included        in       the    Weekly evaluations
               relating   to     any    demonstrate               One of these policies should                               Assessment section of the       and PROP forms
               additional support       evidence of this in the   include working with others                                file.                           will        consider
               needs,      including    file.                     and one should consider an                                                                 progress throughout
               health concerns.                                   issue pertinent to the setting                                                             that week.
                                        This must be in           in which they are working.
                                        place by the end of       This must be in place by                                                                   The SITE Audit will
                                        the first week.           the end of the first week.                                                                 be completed.
               Information    about     Identify three areas of   Identify      three      school     Curricular Plans for   Students     will   provide     Students          will
               the community, the       research relevant to      policies; be able to discuss        all areas.             evidence      of      using     evaluate          the
               school    and    the     this placement; be        how this has informed               These must be in       formative and summative         lessons identified on
               class, e.g. class        able to discuss how       practice and demonstrate            the file before the    assessment       techniques     the DTMP.
               groupings,       the     this has informed         evidence of this in the             period            of   as learning, for learning
               layout     of    the     practice           and    teaching file showing links to      responsibility         and of learning.                Weekly evaluations

               classroom etc.           demonstrate               theory         and         SITE     begins.                                                and PROP forms
                                        evidence of this in the   benchmarks.                                                Students      will     show     will        consider
               Class     information    file, showing links to                                                               evidence of a variety of        progress throughout
               should also include      theory     and    SITE    One of these policies should        Daily Management       recording methods over a        that week.
               notes relating to        benchmarks.               relate to a curricular area,        Plans for the 10       number     of      curricular
               any         additional                             one to a generic area and           days            of     areas.                          The SITE Audit will
               support        needs,    This must be in           one should consider an              responsibility.                                        be completed.
               including      health    place by the end of       issue pertinent to the                                     Assessment        results
               concerns.                the first week.           setting.                                                   should be used to inform
                                                                  This must be in place by
                                                                  the end of the first week.

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