School of Education and Social Work facilities

Green Moor Primary School

The development of Green Moor Primary School, a virtual school which is part of the University's Virtual Learning Environment is one of the most exciting innovations in recent years for our trainee teachers and students.

This incredible piece of interactive, tailor-made software enables you to encounter within a simulated environment, a range of real-life situations that new teachers are often confronted with.

Academics from the School of Education and Social Work have devised scenarios connected with parents and with other agencies who are involved in the welfare of children.

The software enables you to try different approaches to situations that arise and learn strategies in the classroom in a safe environment.

Green Moor Children's Centre

In  we have a virtual children's centre, Green Moor Children's Centre.

The centre provides Early Childhood Studies and Children and Integrated Professional Care students with an opportunity to explore a number of professional practice areas such as Parent Partnerships, Safeguarding and Transitions to name but a few.

Students watch different scenarios related to these professional practice areas and then participate in discussions and reflect on what they have learnt.  This provides an important tool enabling students to relate theory to practice.

Children and Integrated Professional Care scenarios

Our Virtual Learning Environment also includes scenarios for Children and Integrated Professional Care students to watch and reflect upon.

For example, there is a scenario based a child being admitted to hospital. There are key issues in this scenario which help students to consider safeguarding, multi-agency working and power dynamics for parents.

The scenarios available through our Virtual Learning Environment helps to make a paper case study more ‘real’. It offers another dimension for students to engage in practice within the safe boundaries of learning.