Your work is assessed as follows:
- 3 observations of your teaching using videos you have submitted
- A written assignment (1750 – 2500 words). The topic is mandatory and everyone is invited to respond to the title, “Children, Young people and their Musical Worlds’.
- A case study related to an aspect of your work as a teacher
- A professional development log
Tell me more about a written assignment
One written assignment of between 1,750 and 2,500 words is to be completed. This written assignment provides mentors with evidence of how reading and research have supported knowledge and understanding: the text should always be linked to personal experience where appropriate and give evidence of placing your personal work within the wider world of teaching.
The written assignment will be recommended as a pass or fail. Mentors will be looking for:
- A grasp of subject matter with well-presented written discussion
- An understanding of module assessment criteria
- Use of relevant and appropriate material drawing on a range of resources
- Personal experience providing an effective link between theory and practise
- Awareness of teaching strategies and learning styles which goes well beyond a perfunctory understanding
- Clear link between theory and effective teaching practice
- Critical relevant awareness of teaching strategies and learning styles
What do you mean a case study?
This is a case study of one pupil or a group of pupils that you teach. After an overview of the case context and pupil’s background, students complete detailed notes of their lesson plans, delivery and reflection, along with making a judgement about the pupil’s progress.
What do you expect of A Professional Development Plan?
You will need to plan, undertake and review a personal professional programme throughout the course. The programme will include the course sessions and its connected journey e.g. observing other teaching, attending conferences, reading and research etc. You decide your own format for your professional development plan in agreement with your mentor.
- All applicants must hold a current DBS number and be up-to-date in your child protection training. All learners must read and familiarise themselves with the ESTA Child Protection policy
- Video recordings of teaching
Everyone on the ESTA Education CME course is required to submit videos of yourself teaching. These videos will be used to assess your progress and are an essential part of the process.
Before attempting to make any recording of children or young people, you must first obtain permission from the learner or learners whose lesson it is, and in writing if the learner is over 18 years of age; also from the parents or carers of the learner or learners below 18 years of age, from any adults who may also be present in the room, and if the recording is made in a school or other institution, from the appropriate authority in the institution.
The submitted recordings will be viewed by your mentor, the course leader and members of the ESTA CME panel. They will be stored for the duration of the course and a period of up to 3 months following completion of the course.
Any reference made to any child in any video must be done so anonymously. No child is to be named in the process of writing about or referring to, in the portfolio or any written evidence.
ESTA does not provide video cameras or other equipment and you are expected to use either a smartphone, laptop computer, tablet or other device which they provide for the purpose.
ESTA (UK) strives to make all aspects of its practices and policies suitable for reasonable adjustments to include any disabled members, within the capability of our size and the resources we have available. We will regularly review
- the physical features
- our delivery and teaching practices
In order to ensure that a disabled learner is not at a substantial disadvantage compared with a person who is not disabled. If a substantial disadvantage does exist, we will make reasonable adjustments to remove the substantial disadvantage. This does not, however, mean asking intrusive questions or ones that violate someone’s dignity.