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Supporting professional development in Initial Teacher Training

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Mentoring, observation and interviews are three important strategies in developing student teachers. This free course, Supporting professional development in Initial Teacher Training, gives a flavour of The Open Universitys flexible PGCE course, and introduces student teacher centred strategies both inside and outside of the classroom, involving mentors, pupils, tutors and others to develop student teachers professional skills and understanding.

After studying this course you will:

  • have an understanding of the role of mentor in relation to supporting a student teacher in the early stages of becoming a teacher;
  • recognise the skills of coaching, support and guidance required of the role;
  • have considered the issues connected with the assessment of teacher competencies.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 20 hours
  • Updated Thursday 27th August 2015
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Teacher Training
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Supporting professional development in Initial Teacher Training


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The OU PGCE, which is no longer taught by the University, was been developed by The Open University and its partner schools to provide an innovative, student-teacher centred approach to initial teacher education. We aimed 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 led 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 provided a rigorous and rewarding course that opened up individual routes into teaching.

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