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Student working in a placement schoolPractical experience in classrooms is essential to any programme of teacher preparation; therefore, you will spend a considerable portion of each academic year on placement. The aim of the school-based programme is to enable you to develop the basic skills, attitudes and insights required to become a competent teacher.  We have a large number of successful partnerships with primary, post-primary, special schools,regional colleges and other education related contexts, making it possible to offer you a wide range of experiences.  The first school placement is organised so that a college tutor closely supports pairs/groups of students.  Individual placement occurs as you progress in your studies, where the College tutor is both critical friend and assessor.