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An introduction to the wider professional role of the teacher in England

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This free course, An introduction to the wider professional role of the teacher in England, is an early study for people wishing to become a secondary teacher using The Open Universitys highly flexible route for graduates known as the flexible PGCE. This free course, which considers the general professional standards and skills of a teacher whatever their secondary subject specialism, is studied following a brief two-week placement in school and prior to a much longer series of full-time school experiences.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the nature of ‘professionalism’ and ‘being a professional’ in relation to teaching
  • understand the importance of effective working relationships with pupils and with colleagues
  • understand more about the form or group tutor’s role
  • understand the ways in which adults within the wider workforce contribute to successful schools
  • understand the different ways in which a teacher-as-tutor can contribute to the corporate life of the school.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 20 hours
  • Updated Tuesday 16th February 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Teacher Training
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An introduction to the wider professional role of the teacher in England


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The OU PGCE has been developed by The Open University and its partner schools to provide an innovative, student-teacher centred approach to initial teacher education. We aim to build on the skills, knowledge and experience that student teachers bring to the profession, and then to prepare them for a career in teaching. The course leads to the award of PGCE, and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) conferred by the appropriate statutory body. Working with a Partner Schools Network, the OU PGCE provides a rigorous and rewarding course that opens up individual routes into teaching.

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