SWK-7025A PRACTICE EDUCATION IN SOCIAL WORK (Essex and Thurrock) 2019-20
Module Leader:Richard Brook (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Module Teacher: tbc
Credit value: 60 MA credits
Module fee:£1,800 for groups of up to 20 participants. £1600 for groups of 20 or more participants
The programme supports experienced social work practitioners in supervising, mentoring, and assessing social work students and newly qualified social workers. Candidates will evidence the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS 2) and successful completion will entitle you to register as a Practice Educator with the local authority.
Candidates will, as part of the programme, act as Practice Educator for a student on a qualifying programme or a supervisor of a newly qualified social worker on the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme, with the support of a mentor.
This module can be taken as a stand-alone postgraduate certificate, as part of a postgraduate diploma, or as part of the MA Advanced Social Work.
Social workers who have been qualified and practising for at least two years and can work at Masters level academically.
The programme will equip participants to;
- Manage social work placements and create learning environments in which students can achieve the aims of their practice-based learning periods.
- Support learners to evidence their capability under the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), Standards of Proficiency (SoP) and Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS), and to understand how these standards inform the work of Practice Educators.
- Understand adult learning theories and apply evidence-based approaches in order to support, challenge and empower students to achieve their professional goals and requirements.
- Deliver high quality reflective supervision which enables students to think critically and learn by reflecting on their practice experience.
- Assess student’s practice in relation to the PCF, SoP and KSS, and to make professional judgments about learner’s performance.
- Give constructive feedback and be equipped to deal with concerns, supporting students to have the best learning experience possible.
- Work with students of all abilities, including those who are struggling, where it is necessary to have challenging conversations and design and implement action plans to encourage progress.
- Write clear, well-evidenced placement reports with justifiable recommendations.
- Demonstrate the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) level 2.
The curriculum will address the following areas:
Managing and supporting placements (PEPS domain A).
Supervision, mentoring, coaching skills and adult learning theory.(PEPS domain B)
Assessment skills and application of professional judgement to assess the capabilities of qualifying students (PEPS domain C).
Anti-oppressive practice (PEPS values statement)
Candidates are assessed via three discrete summative assessment events. A ‘pass’ grade must be attained for each element.
- Assignment 1. Adult learning theory and reflection on a recorded supervision session. Participants will plan a supervision session with a focus on the ‘development’ or ‘mediation’ function, to address a specific learning goal for the student. They will share this plan with their mentor, and then make a video recording of the session. The mentor will view the recording and give written feedback. The participant will also view the recording and reflect on the outcome, and how their goals were achieved. They will then write a structured critique of the session, indicating how the literature on adult learning and supervision informed their practice, and on the learning they can derive 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 they have achieved of the four domains and values of the Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work, and how their practice has been informed by other social work standards such as the PCF, KSS and SoP.
- Practice Portfolio assessment. Candidates will compile a brief portfolio containing evidence of their practical ability as a practice educator, including feedback from the learner, written feedback from the mentor’s direct observations of their practice and their final summative report.
The programme is delivered via a blend of face to face whole-group teaching, locally based workshops, mentor support and independent study. Whole-group teaching sessions will take place in Chelmsford. Workshops will be in venues in North and South Essex. Support is available for mentors in the shape of briefing meetings in local areas with the programme director, a comprehensive handbook and any additional support as required. Mentors are invited to attend the first workshop, and will be given details of the teaching programme, handouts and reading materials that support the candidate’s teaching. Teaching programme. Dates and venues to be confirmed.
Introductory day. (Whole group – one day session)
5 Sept 9.30 to 16.30
Prior to the student/NQSW commencing their placement with the candidate the introductory session will prepare candidates to work with learners, especially concerning the ‘early placement’ processes; Content to include;
Beginning the online conversation. Using technology to connect with one-another via networks and an online discussion forum. Encouraging everyone to participate.
Foundational skills for Practice Educators. (Whole group – 2 day )
8-9 Oct 9.30 to 16.30)
We explore the practice areas and the underlying knowledge that are essential for Practice Educators getting started in the role. Topics to include;
Beginning the supervisory relationship.
The models of supervision. Introduction to the 4x4x4 model. What each element means, how it can be effectively applied in practice in your own organisational setting
Supervision in practice. The director and the facilitator. How to incorporate different styles of supervision.
Principles of adult learning. Exploring the how adults become capable and skilled in new practices. How we can use this knowledge to become more efficient and effective educators.
Focus on practice
This session aims to include input from students, either in person or on video, to bring the ‘service user’ voice to the fore, and inspire participants with positive accounts of supervision.
Enriching learning and managing difficulties (Whole group – 1 day) 1
2 Nov 9.30 to 16.30
We look at two essential ingredients in successful placements. Assessment and teaching through direct observation, and managing placements where students may be encountering difficulties or at risk of failing.
Working with marginal and failing students. A half-day session looking at principles and practice, with Dr Ann Anka
Models of direct observation – the ‘direct teaching’ and the ‘collaborative’ model
The spirit of enquiry. How to use observations for teaching and learning, as well as assessment
Giving constructive feedback. How to avoid resistance, defensiveness, anxiety and other barriers to learning.
Making supervision count (area-based workshop – half day)
25 and 27 Nov 9.30 to 13.00
The first half-day group workshop will support participants with the tasks involved in the first assignment, and explore the knowledge that underpins them.
Motivation and building resilience (Whole group – one day)
12 Dec 9.30 to 16.30
This session will focus on issues that are particularly relevant around the mid-point of placements when induction is completed and students are expected to be developing greater autonomy.
The team as a secure base. How research on helping traumatised children can also help students experience a safe environment to learn and grow.
Coaching skills for Practice Educators. (Whole group teaching – one day)
15 Jan 9.30 to 16.30 Using facilitation skills in supervision.
Power, influence and fair assessment (area-based workshop – half day)
28 and 30 January 9.30 to 13.00
The second workshop focuses on the values for practice educators, as set out in the PEPS.
Creativity and clarity. (Whole group teaching – one day)
25 Feb 9.30 to 16.30
The final day of teaching for the whole cohort together consists of two interactive workshops.
Standing by our standards (Area based workshop – half day)
21 and 23 April 9.30 to 13.00
We spend the last of our workshops reviewing our experience of being a Practice Educator, and trying some reflective learning exercises on ourselves.
PROGRAMME FEE (60 academic credits)
- £I800 for groups of up to 20 participants
- £1455 for groups of 20 or more participants
Please note that mentoring fees must be met by the employer (or by the candidate) and are not included in the programme fees.
For employment-based applications, please contact your staff development officer. For independent applicants, please contact the Learning and Teaching Service, Postgraduate Learning and Teaching Hub (ZICER Building): 01603 592071.
Applications for 2019-20 should be submitted to UEA by Tuesday 13th August.
Please be aware that teaching, assessment dates and venues, are subject to change. All up to date information will be available via your UEA Evision account once you are enrolled onto the module.