The Associate Teacher Experience

Learning Resources

The University Learning Resources offer a wide range of education books and resources. The Education Subject Librarians, at Warrington and Chester will help you with specific queries.

Disability Team

The University offers a comprehensive Disability Support Service open to all students. The service is part of Student Support and Guidance which provides specialist support for disabled students including those students with mental health difficulties and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

The Disability Support officers provide information, advice and guidance on a range of areas such as:

  • Reasonable adjustments;
  • Accessing support;
  • Accessibility;
  • Liaising with internal and external departments.

Academic Skills tutors offer:

  • A dyslexia screening service;
  • Specialist group tutorials;
  • The creation of an Individual Assessment Feedback form (IAF);
  • Access to 1:1 tutorials following DSA approval.

For further details on the support available please contact Disability Support Services: on Moodle.

Student Skills Development Student Support and Guidance (SSG) Careers and Employability Personal Academic Tutor (PAT)


Career Entry Profile (CEP)

The CEP is a formal document that summarises your professional achievements on entry into the teaching profession. It is not a reference, nor is it an academic profile. Towards the end of the Programme this document will be prepared, by you in consultation with your Personal Academic Tutor, as a record of strengths and priorities for development during your first year in teaching and it relates, directly, to the Standards expected of Newly Qualified Teachers. The Career Entry Profile will be used by you, working as a new teacher together with your Induction tutor, to form action plans for further professional development during the first and subsequent parts of your teaching career. Successful completion of the Induction Year will enable you to become fully qualified as a teacher and be registered with the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE).

Diversity and Equality

The University of Chester is committed to supporting an inclusive learning and working environment. The University recognises its obligations to promote equality of opportunity and eliminate unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religious belief (or non), sex and sexual orientation. It is the responsibility of all members of the University community to develop a supportive and caring environment.

The Diversity and Equality Policy can be viewed on Moodle .

The University’s Disability, Gender and Race Equality Schemes are also available on Moodle.

For further information, guidance and resources on all aspects of equality and diversity please visit the Diversity and Equality Moodle .

The Dignity at Work Policy can be found on Moodle:

You should also take very careful note of the placement-specific expectations in the Faculty of Education and Children’s Services Policies and Procedures for SBL on Moodle.


Disability and Specific Needs

The Disability Support Service provides information, advice and guidance to all students with a disability, including physical impairments, specific learning difficulties or mental health issues. For further details on the support available please contact Disability Support Services on Moodle.


Health and Safety

The University statement on Health and Safety can be viewed on Moodle.
Ethical Guidelines
You will be introduced to the Faculty’s Ethical Guidelines at an early point in your studies and asked to sign a declaration that you will abide by the requirements of the Guidelines. It is very important that whenever you are referring to your experiences in school or educational settings you follow closely the guidance provided to ensure, for example, you are protecting the identities of those with whom you have been working. It is also essential that you are not indiscreet when discussing individuals or incidents which have occurred in school or educational settings. This is part of your professional responsibilities as an intending teacher and is a fundamental aspect of the GTCE Code of Conduct and Practice.


As a student of the University, you should familiarise yourself with the Acceptable Use Policy for Computers (available on Moodle) and, when on School-based Learning, comply with Acceptable Use policies in schools and settings. It is also vitally important that your work on placements promotes the e-safety of children and you are aware of the potential risks involved in on-line activities and use of mobile devices. E-safety issues will be discussed early in your ICT course.

You should be aware that injudicious use of social networking (e.g. ‘Facebook’, ‘Twitter’, ‘My Space’, etc.) may render your professional integrity vulnerable to scrutiny by people unknown to you. This is an evolving issue and one which has particularly serious implications for associate teacher teachers because as provisional members of the GTCE your personal and professional conduct are open to scrutiny. Associate teachers new to the Programme will receive advice on this issue during their induction process and all associate teachers receive an e-safety presentation and leaflet. If you are in any doubt over the security of social networking, please consult with your PAT in the first instance.

The Faculty has in place a Faculty-wide Safeguarding Policy and Action Plan which has been drawn up in consultation with members of the Partnership and Local Authority colleagues and has appointed a Designated Safeguarding Officer to whom all safeguarding cases are referred. The Policy and Action Plan incorporate e-safety and can be found on the Faculty website.


Communication – a two way process

It is vital that you check on a daily basis for any communication from tutors or administrative staff. Information will be transmitted to you via:

  • The notice board outside WMA 119 in the Martin Building, Warrington;
  • Email via your University email accounts;
  • The Moodle from the central University;
  • Module spaces on Moodle;

strong>Making Use of Moodle

It is extremely important that you regularly access Moodle since tutors make use of the system to add online learning resources to support your learning in the various modules. Also, important and urgent notices are posted on Moodle concerning changes to assignment submissions details, lecture times etc.
If you have a personal email address that you use regularly, it is possible to have emails from your University email address forwarded automatically to your personal email system. Please check on Moodle for details.
It is vital that you keep us informed. Please ensure you:

  • Contact staff by signing up for a tutorial on the appointment boards outside tutors’ rooms or by requesting an appointment via email. Do not assume that by leaving a message in a voice mailbox that it will be picked up immediately, as tutors are often working in schools;
  • Keep Registry, the Primary Administration team and your PAT informed of any change of address, including out of term addresses, your current telephone numbers;
  • Keep ITE Administration informed of any changes in your circumstances relating to SBL and follow up procedures for absence.


Subject Resources

Art & Design


Design & Technology

Early Years

English & Literacy

Economics & Business Studies



Mathematics & Numeracy

Modern Foreign Languages






Social Sciences

Teachers’ Standards Assessment

  • Target setting against the Teachers’ Standards, tracking the Teachers’ Standards and the evidence of meeting and exceeding the Teachers’ Standards.

 Here is an example of a partially completed tracking grid:   Secondary Exemplar