This Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) Secondary Geography course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is identical to the University of Reading’s course 2SZ2. Applicants to this course, 2CDF, will however be interviewed by the Wokingham Federation and if successful will train in two Federation schools. They will follow the same course as 2SZ2 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, 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 of 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 career.
Trainees will examine a range of pedagogical approaches to geography teaching and address all aspects of secondary geography, including specialist expertise in areas such as physical, human, environmental geography, and fieldwork or ecosystems, meteorology and climatology, economic and political geography, map work and geographic information system (GIS) and fieldwork.
The course has links with the Geographical Association, the Geological Society, the Ordnance Survey and the Royal Geographical Society, all of whom provide guest speakers in addition to the regular contributions from local Heads of Department, teachers and school mentors.
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.