The Education and Professional Studies Programme (EPS) is an essential component of training to become a teacher. Teachers are part of a large team dedicated not only to developing children¿s subject knowledge but also in their development as people. All teachers have responsibility for the education of the "whole child" and the Education and Professional Studies programme reflects the holistic nature of the profession.
"Every Child Matters" (ECM) was a government initiative started in 2002 and which led to the Children's Act in 2004. The EPS programme is built around the five main themes of the ECM agenda which form important principles that still underpin much current policy and practice in schools. The five themes require children to have support to:
As teachers you will need to consider your relationship with other practitioners such as social workers, nurses, GPs and educational psychologists. Through the EPS programme you will be encouraged to consider and reflect on this aspect of your role as a teacher. Learning to become a successful teacher requires an understanding of the demands of teaching through an exploration of values and attitudes towards learning and learners. The lectures and other activities within the EPS programme will help you to link the pedagogy with the school-based practice you experience.