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.
You will actively work with tutors and peers, constantly exploring teaching and learning. You will engage with theory and research to make you a better teacher, for example we will look at theories about behaviour for learning to help you analyse what is and is not working in your classroom. Your university experience will include:
- working with groups of beginning teachers for your subject or phase
- modelling of teacher approaches you can use in your classroom
- exploring research and practice
- keynote inputs from experts, for example staff that specialise in special and educational needs and disabilities
- peer teaching and learning
- exploring and practising all elements of being a teacher in a 'safe' space
Placements - school-based learning
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.
We firmly believe that learning to become a great teacher isn’t about doing as many lessons as you can as quickly as possible. It is about gradually building up your experiences and working with experienced teachers in lots of different ways. Your school experience will include:
- a carefully structured programme to support your progress each term
- a gradual build-up of teaching
- observations across all key stages with expert teachers
- weekly mentor meetings to discuss your progress and agree targets for development
- involvement in all aspects of school life, for example helping with clubs, school trips, joining staff meetings, providing break-time duty
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.
Further information about our PGCE courses can be found on the School of Education Initial Teacher Education website.