While you’re a Bath Spa teacher, you’ll explore models of teaching and the many ways in which children learn. Emphasis is placed on how parents and carers, families, schools and communities can impact children’s learning and well-being.
When you complete your initial teacher training, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.
We’ll encourage you to think critically about research, national initiatives and classroom practice, as well as supporting you in the process of reflective evaluation.
You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops covering the following key strands: English, Maths, Science, Professional Studies, Teaching in a Diverse Society and Teachers as Researchers.
You’ll be placed in at least two schools or settings, meaning you’ll become familiar with their work and the nature of teaching.
This is your opportunity to practise your developing teaching skills. During school training you’ll be able to reflect on your university training in the context of children’s learning environments.
You’ll be required to undertake a range of assignments which assess your understanding of theories and practices relating to teaching. The PGCE qualification requires you to sit three formal assessments across the year. In addition, you’re required to pass two assessed school/setting phases which will demonstrate your skills in planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating.
We’ll help you monitor and track your progress; offering you advice on how to improve your performance as a teacher. You will be assigned an Academic Tutor who will regularly meet with you to review your progress, as well as visiting you during your assessed school training. During school training you will also be supported by a training mentor, who is usually the class teacher.