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Important Information for Con-Ed Students

Welcome to Con-Ed at the Castle!

The Con-Ed program at the BISC provides a unique opportunity to learn in an international context. In addition to your regular courses, you will complete a practicum based in a UK school giving you insights into the education system of the UK. The practicum is supplemented with PROF110, a course designed to further your knowledge and understanding of teaching and to give you a context to reflect and develop your practicum experience.

Practicum

Con Ed3The Concurrent B.Ed. degree requires the successful completion of a practicum which includes eight weeks of school placement in the first three years of study. BISC students will be expected to experience the equivalent of 9 full days (minimum 50 hours) in a school setting while they are at the Castle.

Con-Ed students at the BISC will take part in a series of timetabled classroom observations to help them reach their 50 hour target. These placements will give you invaluable practical experience of working alongside other professional educators in the classroom, helping you make connections between theory and practice through contact with children in real classrooms. This comparative experience, so early in your career, will benefit you greatly!

Placement Schools

As a Con-Ed student you will be placed with one of our local partner schools to complete your practicum. Click on the links to find more about the schools you will be working with:

Primary Schools

Netherfield Church of England Primary School  
Ninfield Church of England Primary School 
Hellingly Community Primary School 
Catsfield C of E Primary School

Secondary Schools

Heathfield Community College  
Battle Abbey Independent School
Claverham Community College

IMPORTANT!

Starting September 2019

The Con-Ed programme at the BISC involves you spending time in a local school from the first week of term. In order to make this happen it is essential you do two things now:
1. Police check that involves a vulnerable sector check
2. Letter of Accommodation

Police Checks


In order to enter a UK school, you must have proof of a vulnerable sector screening police check. Now you have been offered your place you need to apply for a police check from your home area as soon as possible (i.e. the area where you live now). Please note procedures vary in different jurisdictions and cannot typically cannot be done online. In order to allow time for processing you must start the process now. You are required to present the screening document when you arrive at the BISC.

Letter of Accommodation


If you require accommodations relating to a physical, mental or learning disability, you need to register with Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) on main campus. Because we want to ensure you are able to take full advantage of your placement, it is important that we have this information as soon possible. Please register on the QSAS website now and submit the requested documents. Do not wait until you have selected your courses to start the process. Accommodations can only be granted through a Queen's Letter of Accommodation. Documentation from high schools, doctors etc. cannot be used in place of a Queen's Letter of Accommodation.

Download the 2019/2020 Guide to PRAC 110 (280KB)

PROF 110

Con Ed2Running alongside the Practicum placements in schools, the course will explore both policy and practice, with an emphasis on reflective and critical thinking through students’ creation of a professional portfolio of reflections and resources

Education theory and pedagogy will be explored through a variety of government policy documents and academic resources. Weekly themes will explore topics including equity, diversity and inclusion; behaviour management; curriculum and differentiated lesson planning; assessment; and ethics. The course will foster students’ consideration of their own pedagogical beliefs and professional values, and will encourage them to back these up with personal observations and scholarly evidence.

Through PROF110, students should become more thoughtful, questioning, critical and professional observers of both pupils and classroom practitioners, developing a perspective on the classroom ‘from the other side of the desk’.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the foundations and aims of education, different perspectives on how children should be educated and the many roles of teachers in elementary and secondary school, in order to begin to understand your own role as teacher.
  • Examine fundamental questions, theories and concepts central to schooling and education, becoming more reflective about the core principles of the profession.
  • Reflect on elements of your own teaching identity and pedagogical philosophy, and begin to express these with support from professional and academic sources.
  • Implement critical and reflective thinking skills, prepare for practicum experiences and participate in collaborative inquiry, becoming an active participant as both teacher and learner.
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