The Returning & Supply Teachers course is for you if you are a qualified teacher looking to update your existing teaching qualification and prepare for a return to teaching in a primary school or for a move from secondary to primary school teaching. If you are in regular supply work and looking to obtain a long-term or permanent teaching appointment this course may also be beneficial. The Returning & Supply Teachers University Certificate is not a conversion course but is designed to further your professional development, which can help open doors to new opportunities. The course will give you the confidence to apply for teaching posts with the knowledge that you will be able to speak with recent and relevant experience.
On the course you will study with other qualified teachers and will review, enhance and consolidate your skills, knowledge and understanding of successful practice in primary education. You will benefit from the expertise of the course team and have the opportunity to develop your confidence as a professional practitioner. You will also become familiar with recent developments in education systems, methods and practices.
In addition, you will benefit from professional guidance and support on making job applications, writing curricula vitae and interview techniques.
The University of South Wales is one of a few universities to provide such a course which meets the requirements for all teachers who have been out of the profession for five years. The course is offered by the School of Education and students attend lectures at the Caerleon campus once a week.
The course covers all National Curriculum subjects in the context of the classroom and will include an emphasis on the Foundation Phase in Wales and its seven areas of learning. Issues of assessment, management and resourcing are discussed as an integral part of these studies and the course provides an opportunity to explore recent and relevant changes and innovations. It is structured to provide plenty of practical experience supported by the relevant theory.
You are required to spend ten days in a primary school, or equivalent, either voluntarily or in a paid position. This part of the programme must be arranged by you and may be tailored to suit individual requirements. The classroom experience is undertaken as an opportunity to develop confidence, skills and understanding.
The course runs on one day a week, currently a Wednesday, for fifteen weeks, beginning in February. Each session covers a National Curriculum subject/Area of Learning or other important theme. The days are varied and involve a range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, discussions, workshops, practical activities, directed and independent learning and, where appropriate, informal tutorials.
A programme specification for this course is available.
Assessment is 100% coursework and includes one assignment, which involves the recording of a reflective school diary based on the ten days spent in the primary school of your choice, in order to obtain maximum advantage from the classroom experience.
Tracey Evans - Course Leader
Using the outdoor environment and Forest School
Physical Education and School Sport (PESS) activities
Following the course students feel prepared and confident to apply for positions in the primary school sector and are able to draw from recent and relevant experience within interviews.
Specific facilities will be used for some curriculum subjects e.g. the gymnasium and sports hall for Physical Education and Physical Development sessions, the Art stuio and the Design Technology studio, the Music suite.