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Professional Expectations of a Trainee Teacher

Attendance, Punctuality and Professionalism

Refer to the LJMU Code of Professional Conduct for Trainee Teachers (Section D)

Attendance at both University, School-based training and the placement experience is compulsory.  Records are kept and used in the compilation of references and for trainees who wish to have their qualification recognised abroad.

In the case of absence from a placement experience it is the trainee’s responsibility to let the school and University staff know immediately. Additionally trainees MUST notify the University Work Related Learning Unit on the day they RETURN to placement.

If for any reason trainees cannot get into school, they must:

  • inform the school before the start of the morning or afternoon session;
  • follow the attendance reporting procedures established for their programme.

When notifying these offices, trainees should indicate the reason for absence, the likely date of return and in the case of prolonged absence, contact the Professional Mentor and University Programme Leader.

NB: Trainees MUST NOT send word into school via another trainee or use texts. It is the individual’s responsibility to make sure all appropriate personnel are kept informed.

Unsatisfactory attendance, without clear medical evidence may result in a Tutorial being instigated, and in some circumstances, un-notified and extended absence may lead to a trainee being referred to Occupational Health, for a fitness to practice investigation or withdrawn from the course.

Trainees who need to take time off for medical reasons, hospital appointments etc. MUST seek approval from the school and the Programme Leader and will be asked to provide medical evidence.

Absence from the course without following procedures may result in:

  • Initiation of the Additional Support Framework procedure.
  • requirement to explain the absence in a Tutorial
  • withdrawal from a placement experience by university staff;
  • termination of a placement experience by the school, in discussion with university staff;
  • a fitness to practice investigation.


Punctuality is considered as an essential part of a trainee’s professional practice and responsibility. They should be punctual to:

  • the start of morning and afternoon school including briefing sessions;
  • form tutor sessions;
  • assemblies and duties;
  • the start of lessons;
  • any extra curricular activity;
  • any other activity where they are responsible for the safety of pupils;
  • any meetings they are required to attend during the course of the placement.


Professionalism is an essential part of a trainee’s professional practice and responsibility. Expectations of LJMU trainees are established in the code of professional conduct (see Section D) which all trainees are required to sign as confirmation that they will adhere to its content. Professionalism includes preparedness to teach and accountability for pupil progress. Where a trainee’s lack of professionalism is having a negative impact on pupil progress, the school should inform the Liaison Tutor in order that an Additional Support Framework and Intervention Action Plan can be considered - see Section A. Where trainees are considered as displaying poor professional qualities, either at school or at LJMU, a tutorial may be convened. Trainees are required to demonstrate Part 2 of the Teachers’ Standards and should be mindful of the requirements that:

Teachers uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school.