Coventry University program

Practical Teaching Practice

This module is practice-based and runs throughout the course. It aims to develop a self-critical approach to improve teaching.

This program is part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) degree offered by Coventry University

This module has a strong practical focus and encourages you to analyse and reflect critically on your progress, as well as your own learning

Each week, you will identify strengths and areas for development and will be supported through regular dialogue with your mentor on a weekly in-school basis.

This module aims to develop a reflective and self-critical approach to teaching. As part of this module, you'll be required to demonstrate that you meet each of the national standards expected of teachers. The standards are a framework used to assess teachers, but more importantly, they outline the minimum expectation of teachers in England. Whilst they can be seen as a baseline to assess performance, they should also be used as a framework to improve teaching.

The aim of the standards is outlined below, and this forms the bedrock of the profession:

'Teachers make the education of their pupils their first concern, and are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in work and conduct. Teachers act with honesty and integrity; have strong subject knowledge, keep their knowledge and skills as teachers up-to-date and are self-critical; forge positive professional relationships; and work with parents in the best interests of their pupils.

'A teacher is expected to demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct. The following statements define the behaviour and attitudes which set the required standard for conduct throughout a teacher’s career.'

Teachers’ Standards (DFE, 2012)

This module is assessed continuously throughout the course and will require you to work closely with your mentor, who will give you regular feedback and support your training in-school. There will be two formal tasks to complete and upload for this module each week.

  1. Lesson observation or observed practice form. An observation of you in action, either teaching or feedback on activities you have been tasked with doing in school – this needs to be completed by the mentor and it should be something they upload

  2. The mentor meeting. An ongoing development/training plan that needs to be completed and uploaded by yourself. It's a log of meeting outcomes and agreed targets, and a reflective record of what has been achieved, feedback you received when observed and the impact it's had on your practice

The focus for this module is on professional development, not ticking boxes. There will be opportunities to demonstrate progress within standards, reflecting strengths and opportunities for future development needs.


1 course

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Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

Please note that the staff described in the 'Who will you learn with?' section below may be subject to change.

  • Coventry University

Learning outcomes

  • Critically evaluate their own learning and teaching practice to select robust evidence in support of the national standards expected of teachers;
  • Demonstrate that they meet all standards for the professional roles and responsibilities expected of a teacher;
  • Critically reflect on pedagogy to develop an independent-minded approach to teaching and understand how to adapt and adopt practices in accordance with their own strengths and needs of pupils;
  • Take responsibility for their own professional development and work collaboratively with colleagues to set and review targets through professional dialogue.

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