Our mission is to open minds to the realities and possibilities of teaching and learning by developing reflective, creative and inquiring teachers.
The Mercia Learning Alliance School Direct Secondary PGDE course prepares students to teach across the 11-19 age range in English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Maths, History, Geography and MFL.
Your time will be split between the training at the University and in our partner schools, with two placements running from mid-October to December for four days a week then from January to May full time. This will enable you to experience two different contexts where you will be able to immerse yourself in school life, working alongside established professionals to develop and build on your expertise as a teacher.
This on-the-job training will be backed up by the theoretical, pedagogical learning at University and in school-based bespoke ‘Mercia Training Days’ with the rest of the School Direct cohort. The course has been designed so that students’ professional learning in the craft of teaching is grounded in sound theoretical understanding, alongside an active and practical application of that understanding within a school setting.
The course is a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) which offers exactly the same teaching experience as a PGCE, but with additional Masters Credits, meaning that you will be able to complete your Masters as soon as you qualify as a teacher.
To complement your development as a teacher you will complete four assignments at Masters level, exploring key issues relating to your subject and your role.
Key Features of the course:
- A dedicated team of tutors and school based mentors who provide excellent support for all students.
- Excellent school partnerships. Our longstanding relationships with our partner schools enable us to ensure continuity for students.
- A strong subject-specific cohort. You will have chance to develop working relationships with your peers whilst at Mercia training days and in university, which provide you with a support network once out on placement.
- The chance to reflect. Teaching is an intensive profession, and at the start of your career it is essential that you have the opportunity to develop skills as a reflective practitioner. During your first placement, for example, you will spend every Friday in University sharing your experiences and considering ways in which you can develop your teaching.