Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education foregrounds evidence informed practice. Centre-based sessions are, whenever possible led by school-based colleagues in one of our teaching classrooms, either at Kidsgrove Primary School (ST7 4DJ) or Seabridge Primary School (ST5 3PJ). All our classrooms are set up for young children to be taught within it as well as yourselves. The rooms are fully equipped and you will have access to an extensive set of resources to support all curriculum areas within early years, primary and special needs education.
Whilst our programme trains you to become a General Primary Practitioner, we also offer specialisms. Our specialisms include, Early Years (PGCE with QTS), English and the Performing Arts, Geography and History, Mathematics (specialism NOT specialist), Physical Education, Science and Art and Design.
Reflecting on how science influences our lives and the lives of others is a key aspect of primary children’s learning in this discipline. The science specialism focuses on developing your understanding of how to develop scientific enquiry with young people. You will carefully consider how best to enable children to develop ideas from evidence by ‘working scientifically’. You will reflect on how best to empower your learners to create, consider and evaluate evidence so that they can develop reasoned ideas from their data and findings.
Through practice-based sessions that carefully consider both pedagogy and curriculum, we will inspire you to think about the significance of science in the primary phase. We will also enable you to think carefully about progression, assessment and curriculum organisation.
From September 2023, our Science and Maths specialists will join together to consider the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in the primary curriculum. This will involve you in working together with the Lead Mentor and expert teachers to consider how to introduce young children to these essential subjects.