This Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) Secondary Drama course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is identical to the University of Reading’s course W4X1. Applicants to this course, 2JV4, will however be interviewed by the Wokingham Federation and if successful will train in two Federation schools. They will follow the same course as W1X1 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 will address all aspects of secondary drama, including specialist expertise in areas such as devising, teaching texts and key practitioners, theatre history and drama as a method of addressing subjects and issues across the curriculum.
Assignments are designed to help trainees to plan their teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate their skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils.
The University has dedicated technical studios both within the Institute of Education and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television within the University. It also has links with National Drama, the UK’s leading professional association for drama teachers and theatre educators, and local and regional professional theatre practitioners.
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.