PGCE and School Direct Trainees’ Assignments Handbook 2017 and School Direct Trainees’ Assignments Handbook 2017/18 11-16 PGCE (With Post-16 Enhancement)

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  • PGCE and School Direct Trainees Assignments Handbook 2017/18

    11-16 PGCE

    (With Post-16 Enhancement)

  • PGCE and School Direct Assignments Handbook 2017-18


    Guide to assessment

    The Universitys guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback contains the Universitys formal procedures relating to the conduct of assessment. It provides clear and detailed information on each aspect of student assessment and is a useful resource if you want to know more about how your work is assessed. For further information, visit: The York PGCE ITT course is Pass/Fail. There are four key strands of formal assessment in the York ITT PGCE course: classroom teaching & involvement in school life; assignments; self-assessment and attendance. Further details on how you are assessed appear in the Trainee Handbook, however one key element in passing the course is that you will complete the written assignments to a satisfactory level at Masters level which means:

    Either: Each of the three 20 credit assignments has been marked at 50 marks or higher; Or: One assignment of the three comprising the programme of study has been marked as a marginal fail (40-49 marks) but is compensated (not rewritten and resubmitted) as the average mark across all three assignments is 50 or above and neither of the other two assignments is a fail; Or: One assignment of the three comprising the programme of study was marked originally as an outright fail (0-39 marks) but was rewritten and resubmitted; it achieved a mark of at least 50 upon resubmission.

    Assessment Methods used for the Assignments

    You will encounter two types of assessment as you write and submit your PGCE assignments: formative and summative. Formative assessment is there to help you develop. While it does not contribute to your final degree mark, it will help you to learn more effectively you will be provided with feedback which will help you to review and improve your performance. Formative Assessment Opportunities You are encouraged to discuss your assignments with your University Tutor as you plan and draft them. You are also invited to submit a section of your assignment to your Tutor in advance of the final deadline in order to gain some feedback. There is also an opportunity for you to use Turnitin formatively (see page 3) to help you gauge how much and how well you have used other sources. More details will be given to you about using Turnitin formatively in WSI or CA sessions. Summative assessment indicates the extent of your success in meeting the assessment criteria and how well you have fulfilled the learning outcomes of a particular assignment. The marks from this type of assessment will contribute to a decision as to whether you will pass the PGCE course.

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    Assignment Overview, Format & Submission

    Assignment Submission Date Format

    1 Lesson Observation

    and Wider School Ethos (20 credits)

    Autumn Term

    Friday 15 December 2017

    Electronic & printed hard


    2 Evaluation of a Teaching and Learning


    (20 credits)

    Spring Term

    Friday 23 March 2018

    Electronic (Section A

    only) & printed hard copy

    (Sections A & B)

    3 Special Study

    Reflective &

    Research-Literate Practitioner

    (20 credits)

    Summer Term

    Friday 25 May 2018

    Electronic (without

    appendices) & printed

    hard copy with any



    Submission of assignments

    Each written assignment should be accompanied by the appropriate Assignment Feedback Form (Forms F, L, and O). You should complete your section of the form before handing in the assignment. You must submit both a hard copy and an electronic version (Turnitin) of each assignment before the relevant deadline. Failure to submit either will result in a lateness penalty (see below). Turnitin is a text-matching service that is used to detect unoriginal material in submitted work. It matches content in student assignments against a collection of sources including, the Internet, published articles and papers and assignments submitted by other students at the University of York and other institutions. These instructions below detail how to submit work to a Turnitin submission point:

    Go to the VLE and on the side toolbar select "Assignments" and then the "Turnitin submission folder"

    Locate the correct submission point

    Click View/Complete

    Select single file upload in the Submission Method box.

    Note that you cannot change the text in First Name or Last name fields they are for information only.

    Enter a Submission Title. This will appear to the marker when they access your work.

    Click [Choose File], and select the correct file from your computer.

    Click [upload]. Your submission is not yet complete.

    You will be taken to a review point where you can review the text of your submission. You can click the return to upload page link if there are any problems with the file you have uploaded.

    Ensure that you have uploaded the correct file and click [submit].

    You will now be taken to a Digital Receipt, which confirms your submission. NB the Turnitin Tool 2017 PGCE on the VLE is for formative assessment purposes only (see above page 2) and CANNOT be used for final submission.

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    In the interests of fairness, transparency and to be equitable the University has strict rules around deadlines and the quality or quantity of work submitted, and has clear penalties where these rules are not followed.

    Late Submission All work submitted late, without an approved claim of Exceptional Circumstances affecting Assessment, will have ten percent of the available marks deducted for each day (or part of each day) that the work is late, up to a total of five days, including weekends and bank holidays, e.g. if work is awarded a mark of 58 out of 100, and the work is up to one day late, the final mark is 48. After five days, the work is marked at zero. The penalty cannot result in a mark less than zero.

    Submitted Penalty

    1 day 10% deducted from mark

    2 days 20% deducted from mark

    3 days 30% deducted from mark

    4 days 40% deducted from mark

    5 days Work marked at zero

    Failure to submit If you, with no approved claim of Exceptional Circumstances Affecting Assessment, fail to submit an assessment by the deadline after five days or fail to attend an examination, a mark of zero will be awarded. You may be given the opportunity for reassessment see the Feedback on Learning and Assessment section on page 19. If the assignment missed is already a re-sit or re-assessment to redeem an initial failure, no further re-assessment opportunities will be available without proof of exceptional circumstances. If you are struggling to meet deadlines or submit a piece of work you will need to inform the University as soon as possible and apply for Exceptional Circumstances Affecting Assessment See section on Exceptional Circumstances Affecting Assessment (page 28).

    Breaches of Word Count

    The word count for all 3 PGCE assignments is 4000 words. A tolerance of 10% is permitted, meaning

    that an assignment may be between 3600 and 4400 words. Assignments which fall short of the word

    count tolerance or exceed it will be penalised and this may cause marks to be deducted.


    All schools names, teachers names and pupils' names mentioned in the assignments MUST be

    suitably anonymised. Failure to anonymise work may result in penalties such as mark deductions

    being applied or even an assignment being referred. Further guidance to help with referencing school

    based sources can be found on pages 21-23 in this handbook

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    How are assignments marked?

    Assignments 1 & 2 are submitted anonymously and marked by a member of the PGCE Tutor Team. A

    moderation process in line with University requirements and procedures is in place which means that

    all markers marking will be sampled and checked by another marker. All assignment 3 first marking is

    second marked, because submitted work is not anonymised. Any assignment which is felt to be below

    the pass mark of 50 is marked by a third, and, if necessary because doubt or disagreement still

    obtains, a fourth marker. Marks are checked finally by administrative staff before being released to

    trainees, along with feedback reports, via E-Vision. Feedback and marks are reported to trainees

    within the Universitys required timescales; trainees are made aware of specific feedback dates as the

    year progresses.

    External Examiners, including the Chief External Examiner for PGCE, sample the marking and

    contribute to quality assurance procedures. You will find more details about the role of External

    Examiners on page 29.

    M Level criteria

    60 credits are awarded for successful completion of the assignments (20 credits each assignment). Assignments should show depth, breadth and independence of research. In any piece of work, you

    will be expected to select appropriate concepts and examples, prioritise these (show judgement of