Queen Margaret University School Experience Programme Handbook - School Experience Placement

During each placement, students will be expected to:

  • Complete the Health & Safety Induction checklist by the end of week 1
  • Read and summarise the School or Local Authority’s Child Protection Policy by the end of week 1
  • Through focused observation develop understanding of building relationships with children and young adults and the pedagogy that informs practice in education establishments
  • Identify the use of educational principles and practice i.e., active learning
  • Reflect on the role of the teacher
  • Recognise the importance of working in partnership with parents
  • Identify the roles of professionals working in integrated children’s services
  • Establish and maintain a Professional Development Portfolio which should be available to the class teachers at any point during the placement (see Section 3.2 below)
  • Reflect on the transition processes from nursery to primary to secondary school, where appropriate
  • Gain understanding of how young people learn and consider inclusive approaches to integrated learning
  • Gain more understanding of how teachers plan for inclusive practice making use of individual lesson plans. Some lessons may stand alone, but with time, students will learn to create lessons as part of a sequence.
  • Observe how teachers plan, implement, assess and evaluate teaching and learning daily.

As early as possible in the placement, students should become familiar with significant policies, namely Health and Safety and the Child Protection policy and GIRFEC

Professional Development Portfolio (PDP)

Please note that lesson plans, timetable, blogs, paperwork, feedback, evidence and reports can all be placed in your Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) as evidence of your professional development.