Initial Teacher Training - Trainers Pack and Programme



External Examiners
Assessment of trainees

External Examiners

  • Identifying external examiners
  • Nature of the role
    The role of External Examiners is to help Universities ensure that comparable standards are being applied across subjects and that general standards of initial teacher training are comparable with the standards held by other training institutions. External Examiners are normally provided access to course documentation, slected samples of students work and tutor feedback. External Examiners also visit students in school and it is likely that they will see students who are deemed to be in danger of not achieveing the Standards. External Examiners are normally expected to see a cross section of students, sometimes from other subject areas, in order to be able to make a report to the PGCE Course Director and Tutors regarding the standards being achieved by the whole student group.
    The External Examiner's role focuses mainly on reviewing the extent to which students are achieving the Standards required for QTS
  • Process of examining
  • Examination Boards
  • Reports
  • Action Plans

Assessment of trainees

  • Assessment against the Standards - evidence
  • Standards divide neatly into three sections - classroom management, ***** each of which require evidence of a particular kind - each of which requires the trainee to record have evidence throughout their training that they have met them (refer to an example of a method of trainees gathering and recording evidence - look at University of Bristol course handbook and portfolio University of Reading) What can consist of evidence - what is its form?
  • Reference to CEDP - enabling to move into the profession with evidence of where they are at present and an accurate assessment - auditing their skills and knowledge on entering the profession - leading effectively into the NQT year.
  • Evidence base - through classroom observation
  • Be aware of own institutions course specific assessment procedures and the debate about the level of academic work undertaken through the PGCE year and the opportunity to show an understanding of the theoretical underpinning of the professional practice they see in the classroom - refer to research in this section
  • Essay Assessment
  • Linked to OfSTED
  • Standards site
  • Knowledge of the principles of assessment in art, craft and design education
  • Continuity and progression.