This Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) Secondary Computing course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is identical to the University of Reading’s course IX99. Applicants to this course, 22ZN, will however be interviewed by the Wokingham Federation and if successful will train in two Federation schools. They will follow the same course as IX99 and will become members of the University in the same way as all the other successful applicants to this course.
The course supports its trainees to become reflective professionals who are able to secure the very best for all children. We work with them to be resilient, creative and inclusive. With the highest expectations of learning, progress and development, trainees inspire young people to become confident, active citizens who are able to cope with the fast-moving demands of the 21st century.
The aim of the partnership between the Wokingham Federation and the University of Reading is to train excellent practitioners who have a positive impact on their pupils. This is accompanied by the recognition that excellent teachers continue to develop throughout their careers and never stop learning. Our intention therefore is that trainees should take ownership of their development during this year of training and establish the habits of reflective practice that will sustain them throughout their careers.
Trainees have the opportunity to work with an experienced community of tutors, established in the field of Computing education and IT, who are engaged actively in teaching, research and national developments in Computing education and international projects in Technology Enhanced Learning. They will be taught about inclusive approaches to teaching computing, computational thinking, problem solving and demystifying computing for young people.
At the University, trainees learn through a series of practical seminars, workshops, microteaching activities, presentations by subject experts as well as independent and group research in a purpose-built IT suite with an extensive range of resources. Interactive and discussion-based teaching techniques encourage trainees to engage, reflect and challenge ideas around computing education and pedagogy.
Between the campus environment and the diversity embedded within the Federation schools, our trainees develop a strong identity as beginner teachers and educators of the future. Please see School Direct with the University of Reading for more details.