This Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) Secondary Music course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is identical to the University of Reading’s course W3X1. Applicants to this course, 265X, will however be interviewed by the Wokingham Federation and if successful will train in two Federation schools. They will follow the same course as W3X1 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.
The course focuses on meeting the demands of teaching music in secondary schools in the 21st century. It provides a balance of reflective practice, analytic research and study, and current developments in music education.
It allows for engagement with philosophies and pedagogies of music education, the development of approaches to delivering musical learning, and projects and opportunities to put such considerations into practice.
University-based teaching is through a series of lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage trainees to engage, reflect and challenge. They will learn in the purpose-built music and music technology studios which have extensive resources of music, instruments and equipment.
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.