The programme will: * Prepare graduates, with appropriate first degrees, to teach a designated subject area of the secondary curriculum for the 11-18 age range * Run over a period of 36 weeks, incorporating the equivalent of at least 120 days of school-based work * Be organized to incorporate strong and continuous partnership with local and regional schools, with a structured school experience as an integral element of the programme; * Be predicated on the Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), identified by the current national regulations; * Ensure that all students focus on the whole secondary age-range and undertake structured school experience in both secondary key stages, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, and at post-16 level; * Provide an Educational and Professional Studies (EPS) component which creates a framework for the programme and addresses both professional and wider educational issues in both a theoretical and a practical context; * Ensure that all students follow a named subject pathway (method) and are required to teach their specialist subject in both block teaching experiences, gaining experience in both secondary key stages, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, and at post-16 level; * Provide opportunities for students to plan for and implement the National Curriculum for their named subject pathway within the context of the whole school curriculum; * Provide opportunities to develop Information and Communications technology skills through both discrete and permeative elements; * Be designed around blocks of sustained university-based teaching and structured school based training. Students will complete a two week-long placement in a primary school and two block placements in secondary schools, with teaching experience at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, and at post-16 level.
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What you study
TEACHING SUBJECT COURSES
The secondary course is designed to prepare you to teach as a subject specialist. You will take a Method (Subject) course in one of the following: English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Modern Languages, (French, German, Spanish), Physics.
EDUCATIONAL & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
An integral part of the course is our EPS programme which covers a range of important generic educational issues in an EPS programme. You will focus on the framework of secondary education, the National Curriculum, classroom management, Special Education Needs and inclusion, citizenship, and pastoral care, amongst others.
The secondary PGCE course has a strong practical basis and includes the following school experience:
1. Observation in a primary school:
Two weeks of the secondary PGCE course are spent on guided observation in a primary school to give you firsthand experience of what happens to your pupils prior to their entering secondary education.
2. Placements in secondary schools:
During the course of the PGCE year you will gain experience of teaching in two different secondary schools. This will include a programme of induction, focused observation and progressive involvement in teaching and other professional requirements, thus allowing you to develop, in a systematic way, the skills, knowledge and understanding required by the National Teaching Standards for QTS.
University and school-based activities are closely linked by a structured programme agreed between tutors across the Partnership. Induction to each school practice will begin with a series of visits to the school on two days a week. During this time you will gradually and progressively develop your classroom experience and the understanding of your specialist subject in a classroom context. These initial visits are followed by a substantial block of full-time practical experience, when you will work under the guidance of a school mentor. Your mentor will be a subject specialist in your own main teaching area and will be responsible for your school-based training. S/he will monitor your progress, report on it regularly and assess formally (at key points in the year) in relation to all aspects of your capabilities for teaching the Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Your University Method tutor, who will visit you in school and liaise closely with your mentor as your knowledge and skills develop, will provide further support.