Our new Geography School Direct with PGCE programme is designed to be delivered in schools by highly experienced professionals, who are practicing teachers of Geography, whilst linking with Exeter University’s distance learning programme to provide the PGCE element of the programme.
The delivery of the programme will be led by Sarah Broom, a highly experienced and passionate teacher of Geography and Associate Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at Ivybridge Community College. Trainees will also be supported by and learn from a team of exceptional geography professionals with backgrounds in teaching and learning and educational research, the programme will equip trainees with the skills to inspire students and pass on the passion for Geography.
The course consists of the following elements:
- Induction to the PGCE programme and preliminary observations in host primary and secondary schools.
- Geography specific taught programme, hosted by Ivybridge or a partnership school (likely to be one day a week), and lead by subject professionals.
- Two block teaching placements within highly effective Geography departments at partnership schools.
- PGCE Distance Learning course provided by Exeter University (online course)
- Access to additional CPL and ITE training opportunities
The Geography PGCE programme has been designed to foster and promote high quality classroom practice within the specialist subject context of Geography. Throughout the programme trainees will develop an understanding of pedagogy and how students learn. Trainees will also explore, implement and evaluate a range of teaching and learning strategies to equip them with the skills to teach across the 11 to 18 age range.
Geographical skills including fieldwork and enquiry skills will also be core component of the programme, and where appropriate trainees will have the opportunity to work with and learn from external education and fieldwork providers, a well as local industry and businesses linked to Geography.
Trainees will also be supported in updating and expanding their geographical knowledge to meet the needs of the current specifications and to ensure that geography teaching stays relevant and up to date. Topics such as globalisation, global superpowers, and climate change and the carbon cycle will be explored, depending on the subject specialisms and interests of the trainees.
The course is being developed in partnership with Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance (Oakhampton Community College).
For more information attend one of our Taster sessions or get in touch via our website https://www.ivybridge.devon.sch.uk/form/?pid=9&form=28
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