Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDUM053: Primary Teaching and Learning Contextual Studies (School Direct)

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module introduces you to current thinking in primary education and develops your pedagogic and academic subject knowledge in the wider field of primary education.

Key elements of the module include a seminar programme covering:

  • Planning, teaching and assessment
  • Behaviour management,
  • Working with Teaching Assistants
  • Transitions
  • Creativity
  • Art in the Curriculum
  • Curriculum design
  • Computers in Primary Education
  • Safeguarding
  • Working with Parents
  • Being a Subject Leader and Performance Management
  • Outdoor Education
  • Writing at a Masters level

On the Primary PGCE School Direct@Exeter programme, you will learn and reflect on the skills and knowledge required by the programme’s credit-bearing and non-credit bearing modules throughout the year. You will need to think about the modules in relation to each other. To facilitate this, the learning and teaching activities and guided independent study described below are scheduled to occur across all three terms both in the context of your university taught course and in the context of your 24 weeks of applied professional experience in schools.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities27Practical classes and workshops: Pedagogy & theory workshops, Peer Teaching and Subject Support Groups
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities15Seminar Days
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities25Specialist week: Fieldwork
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1Tutorials with academic tutor
Guided Independent study40Formative assessment, critiquing papers, reading research articles and writing a literature review
Guided Independent Study60Summative assessment conducting research, analysing data and writing the finished product
Guided Independent Study30Seminar preparation
Guided Independent Study40Seminar tasks
Guided Independent Study30Reading set texts
Guided Independent Study32Wider reading

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).