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A workshop on Practice Learning opportunities and opportunities for individuals wishing to mentor student social workers. Contributor: Learning Network West

A workshop on Practice Learning opportunities and opportunities for individuals wishing to mentor student social workers. Contributor: Learning Network West


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  • Explain the units and SQA / SSSC award. How candidates need to satisfy evidence requirements Language difficult in units – therefore changes made to hopefully give a clearer understanding to candidates.
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    • 1. PDA Practice Learning SS (PDAPL) New Programme March 2013
    • 2. PDAPL Units• Support Learning in a Practice Context• Evidence Based Practice• Create an Environment for Learning• Establish Effective working Relationships• Facilitate Learning• Assessment of Learners• Evaluate Learning• Leadership for Learning
    • 3. Pre programme workPlanning for assessment 1, and review of on line learning (such as PDA PL SS learning objects from SSSC website)Assessment 1 – develop a piece of learning for use withothers, which will promote thinking around the currentsocial services context, and in particular:• The law and practice guidance, and how this defines roles, responsibilities and accountability• Positive and negative impacts of the law for practice and different perspectives on the law
    • 4. InductionPART OF MODULE 1 (DAYS 1 & 2)Starting point - review of learning programme and assessmentExpectations - what we expect from candidates and what they should expect from usSCQF descriptor - what this means in practiceResources - the resources candidates should expect to access, such as: CLF, SSSC Codes of Practice, Key Capabilities …Working with on line resources - either SSKS direct input or SSKS module from website
    • 5. MODULE 1 (days 1 & 2)Units1. Support learning in a social services context (WJ)2. Evidence based practice (WF)Delivery Routes• Tutor lead workshop• Candidate support group (to take place within Module 1)• Guided candidate self study
    • 6. Before next module (6 weeks)• Candidates need to - research, prepare, deliver and evidence learning activity for assessment 1, and, provide either a detailed plan (to be written up later• Complete assessment 2 - working with other candidates, create a document to promote awareness of research and evidence based practice (to be started as part of module 1)
    • 7. MODULE 2 (days 3 & 4)Units3. Create an environment for learning (WC)4. Establish effective learning relationships (WB)Delivery Routes• Tutor lead workshop• Candidate support group (to take place within Module 2)• Guided candidate self study
    • 8. Assessment arising from module 2To be completed in preparation for student/learnerplacement:• Assignment – candidate’s critical reflection• Observation• Supportive statements - feedback• Products • Learning agreement • Induction plan • Mid point review
    • 9. MODULE 3 (days 5 and 6)Units5. Facilitate learning (WG)6. Assessment of learners (WA)Delivery Routes• Tutor lead workshop• Candidate support group (to take place within Module 3)• Guided candidate self study
    • 10. Assessment arising from module 3To be completed when working with student/learner onplacement:• Candidate’s critical reflection on own performance in assessment (including own performance and developments for the future• Observation – candidate providing feedback to a learner (to be undertaken, and recorded by the assessor)• Supportive statements – feedback• Products • learning agreement • direct observations of learners carried out by the practice educator/teacher • mid point review • final report
    • 11. MODULE 4 (days 7 and 8)Units7. Evaluate Learning (WD)8. Leadership for Learning (WH)Delivery Routes• Tutor lead workshop• Candidate support group (to take place within Module 4)• Guided candidate self study
    • 12. Assessment arising from module 4To be completed when working with student/learner onplacement:• Observation of candidate’s practice• Candidates’ critical reflection, and the creation of a learning object to promote awareness of research and evidence based practice• Supportive statements – feedback• Products• Learning objects and/or other learning materials
    • 13. Portfolio contents1. Candidate’s reflection 9. Candidate’s reflection2. Product evidence 10. Observation3. Observation 11. Supportive statements4. Supportive statement 12. Product evidence5. Candidate’s reflection 13. Candidate’s reflection6. Observation 14. Product evidence – learning object7. Supportive statement 15. Supportive statement8. Product evidence 16. Product evidence
    • 14. Independent Practice Teachers Who are They ? Qualifications / Experience / RegistrationRecruitment Process Support for IPTSDaily Fee / ExpensesOngoing Development
    • 15. The Current Climate•Challenges for agencies•Creative approaches to challenges•Growth of Third Sector solutions
    • 16. Benefits to agencies of student placements•Third sector placements offer contrast for students•Wider awareness amongst qualifying SWS of third sector•Potential recruits for agencies•Wider sharing of learning
    • 17. Scenarios What are the benefits to voluntary agencies in having their own practice teachers? If you are thinking about providing a practice learning opportunity for BA (Hons) in Social Work Student – How do you go about this? What would a placement look like in your organisation?