Have knowledge and understanding of contexts for learning to fulfil their responsibilities in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing and interdisciplinary learning.

Have knowledge and understanding of the principal features of the education system, educational policy and practice.

Have knowledge and understanding of relevant educational principles and pedagogical theories to inform professional practices.

Have knowledge and understanding of the importance of research and engagement in professional enquiry.


Develop an understanding of current relevant legislation and guidance.

  • What are the policies that influence the development of practice and provision in the area of inclusion?
  • What legislation supports the promotion of equity and the elimination of discrimination?

Student teachers know how to promote and support the cognitive, emotional, social and physical well-being of all learners in their care and show commitment to raising these learners’ expectations of themselves.

  • What are the conditions that promote children’s development?
  • What forms of pedagogy promote children and young people’s learning?
  • How does theory help us understand why?
  • What are the different forms of support?
  • How helpful are these forms of support?
  • What are the implications for working with and through other adults (e.g. parents and other agencies)?
  • What is meant by ‘ability’ and ‘potential’?
  • To what extent is it possible to know learners’ needs and abilities?