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Support for Practice Teachers

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"To be supported means, knowing that there are resources available to you which help you to give the best possible experience to your student. It means knowing that there is support available to you should you need to avail of it"  Practice teacher, 2022

According to practice teachers the following makes them feel supported in their role as a practice teachers.

Organisational support: line manager, supervision and peer support within your organisation. 

  • "The help and support of team members and management. The availability of necessary equipment and resources."
  • "The structure in our organisation supports students , culture of learning in our organisation and co ordinating of placements. "
  • "The undertaking of the post grad diploma in practice teaching, supervision and management was a good support and provided a very good base. My team were also very supportive and open to the idea of working with a student."

University support:  Placement learning coordinator, tutor, course director, CPD events, call in days.

  • "The role of the college and the placement tutor help enormously to validate any concerns and discuss the next best approach."
  •  "Ongoing communication with tutor and college."

Peer support from other Practice teachers. 

  • "Sharing, the positives and negative with other practice teachers. Having the Practice teacher coordinator availability if queries issues arise."

NPTSWI (National Practice Teaching in Social Work Initiative): The NPTSWI supports practice teaching through this open access online repository of learning and teaching resources for practicee teachers. 

If difficulties arise: In some cases  difficulties may arise on the placement. It is important to address these concerns early and liaise with the tutor and the practice education team/coordinator in the first instance for support.


University Supports

Click on the relevant box to view the additional supports available at each Higher Education Institution. 

Practice Teacher Testimonials

It is a privilege to be a part of the education of the next generation of social workers. Students bring a wonderful sense of freshness to both a practitioner and their wider team

Emer Coyne

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Undertaking further education in practice teaching has had a positive impact on my teaching skills and my supervisory role as a Practice Teacher

Beatrice Aleshinloye

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Practice Teaching is a privilege as facilitating and assessing practice based learning is imperative to the development of the next generation of Social Workers.

Michelle McKernan

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Practice teaching takes time, takes energy but it never takes from you without leaving so much in return. Take the chance

Nuala Crosse

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Practice teaching is very enjoyable, it gives a sense of fulfilment and opportunities to review our own practice and to refresh on social work theories

Andrea Ward

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University College Cork

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