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Primary education: listening and observing

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Primary education: listening and observing
Primary education: listening and observing

Would you like to volunteer or find work in your local primary school? Are you thinking about becoming a teaching assistant, or becoming a teacher in the future? In this free course, Primary education: listening and observing, you will have the chance to look inside primary schools, and watch and listen to children and teaching staff. You’ll also find out what head teachers look for in people who want to work or volunteer in a primary school.

This course is for anyone who wants to upgrade their knowledge of the primary school sector and ethical practices in education settings. The course is especially appropriate for primary school support staff (full or part time, paid or volunteer) and graduates preparing for teacher training.

The course presents a set of practice-focused readings and observational videos. You will learn about small-scale research in the primary school and observe children’s play and classroom learning, and listen to interviews with school staff and children. You will also explore cyber-bullying and the primary school curriculum.


If you wish to undertake any practical activities within schools you may do so with Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance in a school setting and with appropriate supervision and external assessment.

Primary education: listening and observing

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First Published: 29/10/2018

Updated: 09/01/2020

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