Our general primary PGCE means that you will train in both KS1 and KS2 during the training year. Our course involves attending a programme of lectures and workshop at Institute for 12 weeks spread over the year. These sessions will engage with generic and subject specific areas and will encourage you to become a reflective teacher. You will also be assigned a university tutor who will help to create your bespoke training programme as well as support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to school and guidance with assignments.
The Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership offers an enhanced Professional Studies programme with trainees from all our schools coming together each week to study through a research based curriculum. With the unique guidance of the Dilkes Primary Teaching School Alliance trainees will use action based research to develop into outstanding teachers of the future. In turn, you will be part of a wider support network where you will have opportunities to share ideas and strategies with fellow trainees.
You will be assigned a mentor from the staff of your assigned school. Our mentors are outstanding teachers but they are required to undertake a rigorous training programme to develop their mentoring skills. This includes coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills.
Trainees will be expected to observe teaching across the whole school in the first few weeks in order to gain a sound understanding of the the curriculum. After half term you will teach small groups and your mentor will carry out observations of your teaching.
In second term you will teach alone and this will build up to 70%. To further develop your skills, you will carry out SE2, an alternative experience which will be out of the primary phase.
In the final term of the year, trainees go to their second placement school and their teaching requirement is up to 80%. They will be gathering evidence and preparing for the final assessment towards their QTS.
On successful completion of the programme, the Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership will support the trainees in gaining a job in either a partnership schools or a school in Thurrock.