This programme is designed to equip you with the skills you need to become an effective educator and to enable you to develop your own theories of learning and models of good practice. It gives you placements in at least two schools, enabling you to gain a broad experience of different and contrasting educational settings.
You will be placed in your base school from September to July and follow your school through a full academic year and you will gain experience in a second school in the Spring term. You will also be able to engage in enrichment opportunities in a range of educational settings to further support your ongoing professional development - this will include a week in a special school.
Your school placements will be supported by university-based teaching days, as well as periods of independent study.
We have a very strong, collaborative partnership with the schools we work with. University tutors and school coordinators/mentors work closely with you, and each other, throughout the year, to support and challenge you to develop into the best teacher you can be.
Throughout your time in school, you will undertake a wide range of professional development activities to develop your understanding of teaching and learning and the complex role of a teacher. Although placements are intensive and demanding, we carefully structure your progression, with a gradual build-up of teaching commitments, so you are well prepared to teach in different contexts. During your time on placement you will become part of your school's community and work professionally as a member of a team.
Whilst on placement, you will undertake a small-scale research project where, working with others, you will formulate and develop a research project on an area of interest. To further personalise and support your ongoing professional development, your alliance will provide enrichment opportunities throughout the year.
In addition to your school placements, you will also complete university-based days on Fridays, where you are part of a vibrant cohort of beginning teachers, reflecting on and developing your practice.
Further information about our PGCE courses can be found on the School of Education Initial Teacher Education website.
Mathematics Specialist Route
This route is ideal if you want to become a primary school teacher but have an extra, mathematics focused, dimension to your training year. This will give you an enhanced profile for NQT employment and increased potential for leadership roles. There is a £6,000 bursary available if you hold an A level Mathematics at Grade B or above.
The course includes:
- an additional university-based induction day that will explore your personal mathematics background, the aims and values of mathematics education and the importance of being a champion and advocate for mathematics
- two half-day university-based teaching sessions, focusing on your role as a mathematics specialist and the leadership and management of mathematics in primary schools
- a twilight university-based teaching session once per term, that focuses on teaching challenging mathematics topics
- an immersion day once per term, in which you will take part in a lesson study at a partnership school
- the opportunity to teach mathematics to more than one age range when on placement
- the opportunity to see mathematics teaching at Key Stage 3 and in the Early Years, in order to understand the progression of the subject