Candidates are assessed via three discrete summative assessment events. A ‘pass’ grade must be attained for each element.
Assignment 1: Adult learning theory and supervision. Participants will write a brief review of literature on adult learning theory and supervision. You will then plan a supervision session to address a specific learning goal for the student, share this plan with your mentor, and make a video recording of the session. The mentor will view the recording and give written feedback. You will also view the recording and reflect on the outcome, and how your goals were achieved. You will then write a structured critique of the session, indicating how the literature on adult learning and supervision informed your practice, and on the learning you have derived from the exercise.
Assignment 2: Self-assessment report. At the end of the programme each candidate will write a self-assessment report. This will show, with reference to relevant literature, how you have achieved the four domains and values of the Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work, and how your practice has been informed by other social work standards such as the PCF, KSS and SWEPS.
Practice Portfolio assessment: Candidates will compile a brief portfolio containing evidence of your practical ability as a Practice Educator, including feedback from the learner, written feedback from the mentor’s direct observations of your practice and their final summative report.
The programme is delivered via a blend of face-to-face whole group teaching, online workshops, mentor support and independent study. Whole group teaching sessions will take place in Norwich. Candidates will be required to set aside time to access online learning resources such as pre-recorded presentations, reading and other designated activities before attending the face-to-face and online teaching sessions.
In 2022-23 we anticipate teaching will be a combination of face-to face and online activity. In the event that further social distancing measures are introduced, teaching would be transferred to online only for the period that restrictions are in place.
Provisional teaching programme (dates and venues to be confirmed):
- 13th September 2022: Introductory day, whole group – face to face - 9.30 -16.30
- Week beginning 3rd October: Set aside time for preparatory activities
- 12th October 2022: Foundational skills for Practice Educators: adult learning and supervision, whole group – face to face - 9.30 -16.30
- 9th November 2022: Observations, feedback and managing difficulties, Whole group – face to face – 9.30 -16.30
- Week beginning 28 November: Set aside time for preparatory activities
- 7th December 2022: Coaching skills for Practice Educators, motivation theory and the midway review: Whole group – face to face - 9.30 -16.30
- 12th January 2023: Building resilience, whole group – online 11.00 -13.00
- Week beginning 20th February: Set aside time for preparatory activities
- 28th February 2023: Contemporary issues, teaching theory and summative report writing, whole group - face to face– 9.30 -16.30
In addition to the above teaching sessions there will be a series of online workshops, in small groups, to support with assignment preparation and key placement tasks. These will be available on different dates to suit candidates with students on different placement programmes.
It is expected that those with students beginning in September will attend on one of dates given below. Additional sessions will be scheduled later in the year for those with students beginning in January/February.
- 22nd or 25th November 2022; Making supervision count
- 25th or 27th January 2023; Power, influence and difficult conversations
- 19th or 21st April 2023; Placement endings and preparing for the self-assessment task