This Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) Secondary Biology course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is identical to the University of Reading’s course C1X1. Applicants to this course, 2HC6, will however be interviewed by the Wokingham Federation and if successful will train in two Federation schools. They will follow the same course as C1X1 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.
Training to teach in one of the sciences at the University of Reading is an immersive experience that utilises many modes of delivery and participation, with active learning at its core. Trainees will develop their skills throughout the programme so that they are fully prepared to share their love of learning and knowledge about science with the children they will be teaching.
Teaching at the University takes place through a series of practical seminars and workshops in purpose-built science laboratories where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage trainees to engage, reflect and challenge. They will take part in activities designed to help them to plan their teaching effectively and imaginatively, discovering how to evaluate their skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils.
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.