You’ll spend a mixture of your first seven weeks at Leeds Beckett University and your first placement school. However, you start in your first placement school within the first week - this School Direct PGCE route sees you based in school for two thirds of this phased stage of training. You will also have weekly support from The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Partnership staff. This section of the course involves taking part in seminars and workshops that prepare you for your school-based training by focusing on two main elements:
Applied Professional Studies - subject knowledge and pedagogy
In these sessions, Leeds Beckett University subject teacher experts will give you a good understanding of what it means to teach in the 5 - 11 primary phase. You’ll study the school curriculum, and understand how other expert teachers have taught it successfully. You’ll also learn how to plan sequences of learning that address your pupils’ needs so that you can develop your practice and have a positive impact on their learning.
Applied Professional Studies - generic teaching skills and issues
You’ll learn research-informed techniques and strategies to tackle issues that you will face in your training placements. These strategies will help develop your understanding of teaching and learning, the primary curriculum and educational policy.
During your second placement, you will be based in a new school from January to June, teaching more lessons and ensuring that you’re teaching an alternative key stage, which you will become an expert in.
As part of this course, you’ll:
Learn on the job in your provider school(s)
Supported by experienced teachers and mentors
Underpin your practical learning with university study
Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum
Ensure your teaching fulfils the requirements set out by the government
Embrace areas of learning and principles of best practice in early primary education across all subjects
Focus on developing your skill in teaching mathematics, English and science at both key stages
Put your theoretical knowledge into practice by completing three teaching placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
Develop your teaching skills across different age ranges to help prepare for future employment
Learn how to develop children’s abilities through playful learning and creative teaching
Reflect on how teaching methods and opportunities and environments can influence outcomes