In November 2013, the HEA awarded the three institutions of the Shannon
Consortium (SC) - University of Limerick (UL), Mary Immaculate College (MIC)
and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) funding to support the development of
an interface for the management and teaching practice school placements under
the Strategic Innovation and Development Fund (SIDF). The proposal
entitled “TÚS” (Teacher, University, and School) Teacher Placement Interface put
forward the model of a custom‐built, collaborative web‐based administrative
platform for school placement (SP) (circa 4,000 annual teaching practice
placements) in the context of the concurrent Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
programmes running at the three institutions.
The system will facilitate the management (by teacher placement administration
staff) and undertaking (by student-teachers and their tutors) of school placement,
and in doing so forms a central data repository where information relating to all
placements undertaken by student--‐teachers resides as they progress through
their ITE programme.