Virtual Placements

Given the challenges we’re all facing in the current climate, we have decided to defer our present in person teaching placements and introduce new Virtual Placements in the period leading up to and including December 2020.

Whilst this is something very new for many of us it’s also an exciting opportunity to diversify how our students develop as practitioners.

What is a virtual placement?

A six-week virtual placement implies that the trainee will not be present in person in your school.  It is also premised on the idea that trainees will be at least in pairs, and preferably in groups of six or more, to allow for a single weekly ‘meeting’ with the mentor or other members of staff, in a web-based tutorial situation.

Each week, the trainees will be given a task to complete.  As usual. there will be an Edge Hill University Visiting Tutor assigned who may also be present at these meetings, and who will be present (virtually) to give support and advice to the trainees on an individual basis.  A guidance document indicates, for each week, the anticipated Mentor input, any additional school input, the input from the Visiting Tutor, any backup provision required and the website support available. For example, in a Primary School, for either Primary or Early Years programmes, the weekly foci (which, in many cases, involve trainees’ own independent research) are:

  1. Context of School, Governors, Ofsted, Strengths, Core Values
  2. Published Data, Provision for Phonics and Early Reading, Priority Subjects, the way the curriculum has been adapted during Covid-19
  3. Investigation of an identified Core Curriculum Subject; Long-Term Planning and Progression, Current Resources used, Identification of other Resources which might be applicable, Pupil Premium spend, Adaptation for Needs of different Learners, Support via External Agencies
  4. Behaviour Policy; how it has evolved and any difficulties in implementation, any adaptations to policies as a result of ‘Reducing School Workload’, Community Liaison (especially in light of Covid-19)
  5. Plan a lesson for a Core subject to address the end of a sequence which has been taught be a class teacher, Plan a Foundation Subject lesson, Access, read and comment on Ofsted’s ‘Eliminating Unnecessary Workload Around Planning’ document.
  6. Plan a sequence of short lessons in a Core Subject for a small group, Setting targets for trainees’ next Professional Practice, Consider where they would take the learners next, were they the Class Teacher.

Please refer to further detail on Virtual Placements here.

Want to know more?

Contact Head of Partnership Development, Lorraine Partington on more information.

Special thanks

We’d also like to take the opportunity to thank all those colleagues who have engaged with us so far about Virtual placements, there’s a lot of enthusiasm around how this could work with lots of exciting ideas coming from our partners.

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