This module considers the relationship between key theories of teaching and learning and their relevance and applicability to current research and practice in teaching.  Trainees will apply elements of theory to their own practice and learning context in order to develop and improve learning and create an effective climate for learning.  Teachers will learn a skill-set for effective teaching. Barriers to learning including negative behaviours and how they might be overcome will be considered from the perspectives of the teacher and learner. The relevance of learning and teaching styles will be explored and trainees will be taught methods and mechanisms for effective assessment. The expectations of the roles and responsibilities will be outlined. The module will assess and be responsive to trainee needs and adapt accordingly.

The module will introduce trainees to the key skills and principles of teaching, researching and assessing subject specialisms. The module recognises the range of backgrounds teachers in the post-compulsory sector come from and allows the individual subject needs of the trainee to be catered for. Trainees will consider the effectiveness of their own practices. The module will encourage trainees to work collaboratively within their subject or professional discipline.  The nature of inspection and audit will be explained and examined. Emphasis is placed on engaging with new developments including policy reform agendas to ensure teaching approaches, content and resources are kept up-to-date.  Appropriate professional development activities will be identified.  Trainees will collate an assignment to provide evidence of their professional learning through planning, reflection and evaluation.

This module enables teachers to further develop their diagnostic and evaluative approaches to assessing the diverse needs of their learners in order to support them through their learning processes. The specific learning needs of those with Special Education Needs and Disabilities are addressed along with Equality and Diversity issues. Trainees are required to understand and develop teaching and assessment skills that are fair, valid, sufficient and appropriate.  The need to challenge trainees who have shown great progress and show awareness of current levels is The importance of effective feedback and individual negotiation with learners for target setting as well as other strategies for improving learner success are also emphasised.  The relationship between assessment evaluation, audit and inspection will be explored in terms of quality improvement. Building professional relationships with trainees will also be examined. Minimum core requirements of the teacher in post-compulsory sector will be explored and analysed.

This module will explore the meaning of curriculum and the local, national and global contexts it has to respond to.  Drawing on theories, principles and models of curriculum design trainees will focus on how they impact on learning and teaching and the extent to which they might be deemed inclusive or exclusive.  The significance of equality and diversity will be explored and attempts will be made to design curriculum elements that could be termed inclusive. Trainees are challenged to design a curriculum that responds to learners and their various needs.  The module will also provide opportunities for trainees to consider the specific challenges of developing curricula within their subject specialism including evaluation of plans for learning.

Trainees will be required to research an educational issue which relates to their subject specialism and draw out the implications for their own professional development and for the learning experiences of their current and future trainees.  This may involve an analysis of personal and learner group needs both in terms of the subject specialism and pedagogical approaches.  Emphasis will be placed on the identification and justification of appropriate research methodologies and their effective deployment. There will be discussion on the ethical nature of research design. The module provides an opportunity for trainees to demonstrate an independent learning approach, to extend their capacities for making evidence-based professional judgements, and to evaluate their own methodological approaches.

This module will enable trainees to develop clear concepts of professionalism, to clarify their core professional values, and to extend their awareness of the key issues and influences on professionalism in post-compulsory education.  Effective communication, openness to collaborative work and a willingness to be self-evaluative are seen as essential to continuous professional development. The module will improve understanding of the relationship between demands for accountability and quality systems and approaches. The benefits of engaging with such systems, and ways of doing so. will be explored. Trainees will engage in critical self-evaluation of their own knowledge, skills and abilities and consider these in relation to the demands of the subject, teaching, codes of conduct, and attitudes to continuing professional development.