On this page, you will find the most up to date policies, guidance and forms relating to the Secondary Partnership.

If there is additional information that you think would be useful, please let the Placement Unit know and we will include it on this site.

Policies and guidance

Placement and Travel Policy

Click here for information on our Placement and Travel Policy.

DBS and Safeguarding

Please also note that we will send you all DBS numbers via a secure email before the commencement of a student's placement. This can then be added to your Single Central Record.

Partnership agreement

Read our Partnership Agreement for information on becoming a partner of the university.

Code of Conduct

As you begin this course we view you not as a student but a professional in training, for which you may be receiving a UK government bursary.

The teachers' standards could not be clearer about the professional nature of this training, as you can see from this direct extract from part two of the standards:

Personal and Professional Conduct

A teacher is expected to demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct. The following statements define the behaviour and attitudes which set the required standard for conduct throughout a teacher’s career.

Teachers uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school, by:

  • Treating pupils with dignity, building relationships rooted in mutual respect, and at all times observing proper boundaries appropriate to a teacher’s professional position
  • Having regard for the need to safeguard pupils’ well-being, in accordance with statutory provisions
  • Showing tolerance of and respect for the rights of others
  • Not undermining fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • Ensuring that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways which exploit pupils’ vulnerability or might lead them to break the law.

Teachers must have proper and professional regard for the ethos, policies and practices of the school in which they teach, and maintain high standards in their own attendance and punctuality.

Teachers must have an understanding of, and always act within, the statutory frameworks which set out their professional duties and responsibilities.

The highest standards of professional conduct are expected at all times, both in university and school. A requirement of passing the course is that you meet the standards for professionalism right up until the last day of the course, as judged by university tutors and mentors.

Dressing Appropriately

As will have already been made clear by your subject tutors, you must dress in a very formal fashion. Many schools have very strict dress codes for their staff, which you will of course be required to follow. These expectations often extend to jewellery. Until you know exactly what the situation is in your placement school, play it safe. As such, limit your jewellery to a watch.

Please remove all body piercings until you know what a school expects in this respect. At university unconventional dress is almost de rigueur. In school, unconventional dress will be deemed unprofessional. Your subject tutors will have given you clear-cut guidance on these matters. Please follow very carefully their advice. Remember how many milliseconds it takes to make a judgement on a person: "Your clothes are a communication!"

We wish you every success in your placement. Please read the other sections of this webfolio for more information on issues such as travel and school dates. Good luck!

Your Holidays

As a trainee teacher you are no longer a university student in the traditional sense of the word. You are a person training to be part of the profession with money provided to you, for that purpose, by the government. As with any profession, you are required to follow the expectations and norms of that profession. so when it comes to holidays, what does this mean?

As you are probably aware, teachers do not take time off during the term to go on a quick trip to paris, go to a cousin’s wedding in Italy or even, for that matter, their own wedding! The same also applies to you. This means that you are required to follow a school's term dates, rather than the university's, when it is a matter of your holidays.

The most common issue that arises is over times such as the positioning of half-term dates and the start/end of the christmas and easter holidays. If you have children, then it is possible that your half-term dates could be different from theirs. In fact, Cumbria and Lancashire often vary quite a bit in their holiday dates.

Even in the same education authority, these dates can vary, especially if you are in a church school. It is your responsibility to find out the exact term dates as soon as you arrive in a placement school and book holidays, tickets etc accordingly. Furthermore, you must also consider your university commitments in the same way since the school half-term may be used by some subjects as teaching time because the university does not have half-terms.

Should you require leave of absence for an unmovable medical appointment or to attend the funeral of a close relative or friend, then you need to talk both to your school and your subject tutor in university. Part of this process requires you to complete a Request for Placement Deferral, which has to be discussed with your subject tutor and approved by the programme leader.

Confidentiality Statement

Click here to download our confidentiality statement.

Forms for Placements/Schools

Download: PGCE Course Handbook

Download: PGCE IEP and SEP Placement Assessment Booklet

Download: Noticing Booklet

Download: Individual Lesson Observation Proforma

Download: Cause for Concern & Withdrawal from Placement

Download: Year at a Glance

Lesson Planning

At the early stages of learning to be a teacher, students need a detailed understanding of that factors to be considered in planning a lesson. Therefore, when beginning placements, we expect students to use the template that the university provides.

Download the lesson plan template

On Developing and Extending placements there are more lessons to be taught to more children; so written planning requirements can be more flexible. At this stage; The student (only with their associate tutor's agreement) may use a school planning template or design their own.

The University of Cumbria would not expect students to be working soley from MTP's (weekly plans) until Extending phase.

Individual lesson plans should be provided for all observed lessons.

Mentor Training

Mentor Training materials for Secondary Trainees are currently being reviewed and updated.

If you would like to discuss local training please contact: Steve Chubb (Core Programme Leader) or John Cawkwell (School Direct Programme leader - contact details below - or Linda Muir (Mentor Training Administrator) on 01524 385697 or linda.muir@cumbria.ac.uk.

University of Cumbria
Placement Unit
Bowerham Road
Phone: 01524 385697


School Engagement

Kathryn Fox, Head of School Partnership and External Engagement
Phone: 01524 384474
Mobile: 07989991168
Email: kathryn.fox@cumbria.ac.uk
Role: Kathryn is responsible for all aspects of Secondary School Partnership and Placements.

David McLaughlan, Principal Lecturer - Partnership Development Lead
Phone: 01524 384767
Email: david.mclaughlan@cumbria.ac.uk
Role: Manager for Secondary Programmes

PGCE Leaders

Steve Chubb, PGCE Programme Leader for Secondary Core
Phone: 01524 384438
Email: steven.chubb@cumbria.ac.uk
Role: Managing all aspects of the Secondary PGCE (Core - University Led) Programme.

John Cawkwell, PGCE Programme Leader for Secondary School Direct & SCITT
Phone: 01524 384475
Email: john.cawkwell@cumbria.ac.uk
Role: Managing all aspects of the Secondary School Direct Programme

Liz West, PGCE (Core) Cohort Leader
Email: liz.west@cumbria.ac.uk

Anne Dareys, PGCE (Core) Cohort Leader
Email: anne.dareys@cumbria.ac.uk 

Placement Unit

David Ellison, Placement Manager
Phone: 01524 385696
Email: david.ellison@cumbria.ac.uk
Role: David has overall responsibility for all placement and School Direct administration for the Institute of Education

Placement Unit Team
Phone: 01524 385697
Email: educationplacements@cumbria.ac.uk

Linda Muir, Mentor Training
Phone: 01524 590800 ext 5771
Email: linda.muir@cumbria.ac.uk
Role: Linda coordinates the mentor training for school based subject tutors.

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