Education and Training Prep Course

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Scheme of Work

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The scheme of work is a document that itemizes exactly how lessons are going to be carried out. The scheme of work will cover, for example, the entire day. There will be lots of sessions within that day. It is a document that someone looking at your course would know exactly what you are including. On the AET course, you do not need to complete a scheme of work, but it might still be something that you create when you start teaching. On other qualifications that we offer, like the level four CET or level five DET, you will have to complete a scheme of work. There are different layouts of the form to complete, but basically they are all the same. The scheme of work has a basic information at the top of the class, it would then itemize each of the individual sessions that you are going to be carrying out.

A scheme of work has to be flexible as it may need to be changed. You may find that some things are not possible to include in your lesson when you follow a scheme of work or the awarding organization may change the rules. You can change a scheme of work at any point to ensure that it meets the requirements and it works best for the class. What we are going to do now is have a look at a scheme of work and some of the sections that are on it.

On the scheme of work, you will initially see the actual qualification or the program title, so for example, on the AET course, you would write down the Level Three Award In Education and Training, RQF. Some of the forms also have a tick box for teacher. This is who the actual teacher is, so you would just write down their name or maybe it will be a group of names of people who will be delivering that course. You can then list down the actual core qualification that they are going to be getting. Here, you can write down more specifics about the actual qualification itself. Within the group section on the form, you can then write down who the people are and the maximum number of students.

You do not always have a date section, as in some cases it will not apply, as you are just going to run the same course every single week, but if it's going to be a longer course, you would need to put a date on the form and then to the number of sessions that are within it.

We would normally document the delivery hours. This is normally contact hours, but you might itemize it as contact hours and non-contact hours. For example, six contact hours and two non-contact hours allow for lunch breaks and coffee breaks.

The venue will be the actual room it's being held in, or in some cases, it will be a general course that may be taught in different venues, where you would leave the venue section blank.

The aim of the course is what we are trying to achieve, so what we need to do is write down an example of exactly what the whole lesson is. The aim is more of an overall statement that you intend to achieve. You may also have a section in the scheme of work called class information. Here you document details of the class or any other relevant information you think applicable to the course. All these things we have covered so far are general information that goes on the scheme of work. What we need to do then is itemize each of the individual sessions that we are going to be delivering.

So typically, this is a part of a scheme of work, so you would have different titles. The first of these would be the time or the date and when the session is planned to be delivered. Then you have another column saying the objective or the learning outcome. The next column will be activities or resources to be used. These could be things like ice breakers, ground rules, or anything specific that is going to be used like whiteboards, flip charts and handouts. The next column will be assessment methods. How are you going to assess the learner? Asking them questions, observation, discussion, exams... You may also have columns on the scheme of work called equality and diversity and this here will be how are you going to promote equality and diversity within the lesson or that particular session. Another column could be functional skills. What functional skills could we incorporate into that particular sessions?

The scheme of work may have already been done for you. You may well find it's already been laid down by the previous instructor or tutor or the awarding organisation has already given it to you. Read the scheme of work, do what it says, but always be open-minded. Maybe there are things you can change or improve, particularly when you are looking at examples, different media you can use and better ways to promote functional skills, inclusion or diversity. A copy of a scheme of work is in the download area of this course.