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BSc (Hons) Psychology

Another placement update!

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Update for 28th Feb 2013. Enjoy ­čśÇ


Placement Update

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Here’s an update for you!


Placement Update

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Week 3 of 5!


Planning for Placement

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Two weeks down, three to go.

I suppose it really is a test of a person to give them a pile of work to do over the holidays. If you think that teaching gets you away from this, it doesn’t! My coursemates and I are really quite lucky to be given half-term as (in the official sense) independent study time. This is particularly gratefully┬áreceived┬áduring placement, I’ve found, as people battle to keep up with the constant flow of planning, marking, resourcing and the odd bit of paperwork.

A question I often get asked is ‘how much planning do you have to do on placement?’ The simple answer is, I’m afraid, quite a lot; if you’ve already spent time in school, you’ve probably seen weekly plans from which a skilled teacher can work, sometimes rarely glancing at it. The difference is that we aren’t trained, qualified teachers yet and part of the reason for doing a course like mine is to prove that, with time, you’ll prove that you can plan and teach effectively. With that in mind, the university have to see a detailed plan for each individual lesson, or part of a lesson, that you teach. It’s the kind of plan you might’ve seen if you’ve been in school at the same time as OFSTED. It makes sense really: if we can prove that we can reach those standards in training, then there’s no reason we can’t lower them ourselves once we’re qualified and used to planning.


This coming week, I’m teaching 4 out of 5 literacy lessons plus some other full and part lessons, eventually teaching around 60% of the timetable by the end of placement. As you can imagine, the planning all adds up, but hey! That’s why we’re here – to teach!


More soon ­čśÇ

Berlin 2013

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

As you might’ve gathered from previous blogs, I like to stay involved with as many groups and organisations as possible; after all, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know!

I still keep in touch with the staff and students of my old high school and because of that link, I was asked to staff a school visit to Berlin, Germany. The trip itself was from the music department; the students aged 11-18 are part of a highly successful school choir, winning awards and performing across the region in venues like The Sage Gateshead, the Metro Radio Arena and even performing with Sunderland band ‘The Futureheads’.

We were away for 5 days and performed 2 concerts at venues in Berlin. The rest of the time was dedicated to seeing the sights and absorbing the very rich culture and history of the city. We visited the remaining parts of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Television Tower, Brandenburg Gate, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, the Jewish Holocaust Memorial and a host of other places. It was one of those trips where it’s difficult to remember what you did and when because you did so much; it was a hugely enjoyable trip and I learned a lot from staff and students alike, not just what you should do, but what you shouldn’t.

It’s another example of when University teaching staff have been supportive and understanding of other commitments outside of uni.SAM_0061

Student Profile:

  • Name: Kyle Brewis
  • Age: 18
  • Studying: Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Newcastle
  • Ambitions: To achieve success as a Primary School teacher and enjoy a long and satisfying career.

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