30 credits at level HE5
This module explores how the role of teaching assistants has been affected by a variety of Government and school-based policies. Examples of such policies are those concerning: teaching, learning and assessment; health and safety; educational visits; inclusion and diversity; occupational stress; recruitment of staff; pastoral care; mentoring; confidentiality; planning, preparation and assessment.
The need for policies derived from Government directives
Categorising policies (e.g., core and non-core policies; Government and School-based)
Assimilation of policies from school and Government documents (e.g., planning documents, mentoring minutes etc., school initiatives)
Examination of policies such as those concerning: teaching, learning and assessment; health and safety; educational visits; inclusion and diversity; occupational stress; recruitment of staff; pastoral care; mentoring; confidentiality; planning, preparation and assessment.
Implementation of policies
How the implementation of policies are evaluated
How policies affect the role of teaching assistants.
A blended learning approach will be adopted to aid teaching and learning. A combination of lectures, tutorials, class-based activities, workplace research and online activities and resources will be utilised. Students will engage in online discussions, debates and group activities to explore the key concepts, ideas, and events.
For assessment you will prepare a written report and documentary evidence.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Identify relevant policies operating at your workplace (agreed with your tutor) covering different aspects of your role as a teaching assistant and explain how each of them affects how you operate within your role.||
1.1 Within your workplace, identify relevant policies (agreed with your tutor) covering different aspects of your role as a teaching assistant
1.2 explain how each of the selected policies affects how you operate within your role as a teaching assistant.
|2.||Compare the policies (agreed with your tutor in 1 above) in your school with similar policies in other schools and identify similarities and significant differences and their implications for the teaching assistants working in each school.||
2.1 compare the policies (agreed with your tutor in 1 above) in your school with similar policies in other schools
2.2 identify similarities and significant differences between the compared policies and their implications for the teaching assistants working in each school.
|3.||Make suggestions for the revision of current policies in your school and justify your recommendations.||3.1 suggest revisions to the current policies in your school based on the analysis in 2 above and justify your recommendations.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Written report with supporting documentation 4,500 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Hammersley-Fletcher, L., Lowe, M. & Pugh, J. (2007) The Teaching assistants’ Guide an essential textbook for foundation degree students. Abingden: Routledge
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Tyrer T., Gunn, S., Lee, C., Parker, M., Pittman, M. & Townsend, M. (2004) A Toolkit for the Effective Teaching Assistant. London: Paul Chapman Publishing
Watkinson, A. (2005) Professional Values and Practice. London: David Fulton Publishers
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