EDU-20029 - Education placement
Coordinator: Peter Jones Tel: +44 1782 7 34869
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Priority will be given to students who have completed, or will be completing by the end of Year 1, the Year 1 core/compulsory educational studies modules: Understanding Learning and Education in Britain or comparable modules in the case of incoming study abroad/international exchange students

Barred Combinations

In the first instance, priority will be given to students who are taking Educational Studies as a dual honours or major degree subject and to incoming study abroad/international students taking education as part of their degree programme

Description for 2020/21

his module is designed to enable students to gain work-related experience in an educational context and to reflect in a theoretically informed way on a range of educational themes including how children learn, how teachers teach, and how schools are organised and managed. Students will also reflect on their own emerging professional capabilities and attributes and career plans. The module starts with a series of workshops on core issues, theories and perspectives relevant to the placement. These include topics such as: What to look out for when observing lessons; How do learners learn; and How does the 'hidden curriculum' ensure educational success for some, but failure for others? Following these, students spend 7 days in a number of educational settings (including nursery, primary and secondary schools) organised by Keele University. Effort is made to use placements situated within the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme areas.
Students need to apply for a place on this module. Applications should be made at the end of Semester 2 in Year
1. Details of how to apply are found at:
a) The School of Social Science and Public Policy Undergraduate Student Noticeboard (please see Subject Specific Undergraduate Education folder) on the KLE
b) The Global Office: (
For study abroad/international students
The module is open to students taking Education as a Single, or Combined Honours degree subject, and to incoming study abroad/international students taking education as part of their degree programme.

┐ To enable students to make connections between theoretical knowledge/academic perspectives on education and the processes/practices/policies that exist in educational work environments;
┐ To enable students to experience, recognise and develop skills, attributes and professional capabilities that are valued in the educational workplace;
┐ To enhance graduate employability and students' ability to plan their career path
┐ To enable students to recognise and map their own learning against the graduate attributes listed in the Keele Distinctive Curriculum

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

make meaningful connections between the knowledge acquired as part of the Educational Studies degree programme and the professional contexts and processes in the education workplace; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
systematically record teaching observations and make reflections on these drawing on academic theory; will be achieved by assessments: 1
evaluate personal learning gained from an educational work-based learning experience;
will be achieved by assessments: 1
understand the professional qualities expected of teachers in the education workplace;
will be achieved by assessments: 2
apply in detail, academic theory to an area of educational policy/practice. will be achieved by assessments: 1

Study hours

9 Hours Keele-based teaching (6 hours introductory sessions; 1 hour supervision/meetings with Keele-based placement supervisor; 2 hour assessment workshop;
70 hours placement; spread over 8 placement days
35 hours guided independent study; related to introductory sessions and preparation for school placements
36 hours preparation of portfolio and reflective analysis; 10 hours review of observation proformas completed during placements and preparation of portfolio, 26 hours preparation and writing of reflective analysis.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Reflective Analysis weighted 100%
A reflective analysis of the education placement linking academic theory to educational practice (3,500 words).
A reflective analysis of the education placements linking academic theory to educational practice (3,500 words) that refers to and references to their placement portfolio. Students will be asked to focus in depth on one of the themes covered in weeks 1-3 of the module but to make connections between theory learnt as part of the Educational Studies degree and observations of teaching, learning and school organisation.

2: Portfolio weighted 0%
Portfolio of evidence gathered during the course of the placement - comprising 5 sets of documents as listed below
A portfolio that evidences the work-experience gained - to include the following: ┐ the student┐s application (CV and covering letter) for the placement; ┐ records of teaching observations (a minimum of 4 teaching sessions to be observed and written up by the student); ┐ records of any work undertaken as part of the placement (eg listening to students read, supporting group work); ┐ confirmation of the completion of placement hours -signed off by a representative of the placement school and the Keele placement supervisor.