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Programme: Foundation degree in supporting teaching and learning Course name: Active Education
Course code: ACAD 1189
HEI: University of Greenwich
Assignment type: Essay (1500 words)
Title: How well is the concept of professionalism evident in my setting? Submission date: 6 November 2012

Assignment Brief

This is an essay to discuss the evidence of professionalism in my setting in relation to the schools own guidelines and the national standards set down by the Teachers’ Standards.

Definition of professionalism
noun
* 1 [mass noun] the competence or skill expected of a professional:the key to quality and efficiency is professionalism * 2the practising of an activity, especially a sport, by professional rather than amateur players:the trend towards professionalism (http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/professionalism?q=professionalism) This essay is going to discuss how the concept of professionalism is evident in the setting in which I work. Establishing the different elements that contribute to this concept is necessary to successfully do this. These in my opinion are staffs; behaviour, appearance, attitude, effectiveness and communication skills. The learning environment is also very important, the presentation of classrooms and school areas are of upmost importance. Professionalism in school settings is very important as they are responsible for educating and caring for the children who pass through them. Education within schools does not stop at academia. Schools are also responsible for teaching children social skills and behaviour, without a good model of professional behaviour teaching children how to behave and make friends would not be possible as teaching and learning by example in this case are of paramount importance. Included are the Teachers’ Standards, May 2012 (Appendix 1) to help draw conclusions within this essay. These are the national standards for people working within schools to work towards. The Teachers standards ‘apply to the vast majority of teachers regardless of their career stage.’ (Appendix 1, page 2) People who do not adhere to the Teaching Standards are expected to have peer mentoring from other members of staff and be given extra support to try and help them be working to the correct standard, but the if these measures are not sufficient the schools can decide that dismissal of the teacher or member of staff in question is their only option. The school I am working in currently has a Behaviour Policy (appendix 2) this dictates how everyone at the school, pupils, parents and staff should act when in and around the school. At the beginning it includes the schools ethos;

To go further than I thought.
To reach higher than I dreamed.
To become the person I need to be.
This ethos shows that the school puts importance on helping all children achieve to the best of their abilities, professional standards within the school will help children reach this far more easily.

The purpose of this essay is to discuss how well professionalism is exhibited in the setting in which I am working. To do this I am going to compare the government guidelines with that of the school and then discuss how well these are upheld in the school.

The government guidelines are set out in part 2 of the Teachers’ Standard (please see appendix 1, page 10). These say that teachers must ‘demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct’ (Teachers’ Standards, May 2012, Page 10). The Standards say that teachers hold a position of trust within society and must maintain the standards in order to keep this trust and standing. They say a teachers must treat all children respectfully and fairly, make sure they understand the schools safeguarding rules and making sure they uphold them, upholding values, laws and tolerance. The Behaviour Policy of the school is in line with the Teachers’ standards and upholds the points made by it. The policy relates to and...
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