History, according to the current national curriculum, ‘fires pupils’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past’. The History PGCE aims to equip you to do just that, developing your ability to plan meaningful historical experiences for pupils, to teach effectively and to assess your own and your pupils’ achievements. By the end of the PGCE year, you will understand why history is taught in schools, how pupils learn and make sense of the past, and how to teach history in an exciting way that develops learners.
The History PGCE is jointly designed by IOE tutors and London teachers to provide you with opportunities to teach in innovative, varied ways in a supportive environment. The course works with a wide range of partners, particularly museums (such as the British Museum) and other heritage sites. During the year, there are opportunities to have a placement at a museum or other historical site in order to develop your understanding of learning history outside the classroom. The IOE has one of the largest groups of university-based history education specialists in the world. Alongside the PGCE team is the Holocaust Education Centre and the World War Centenary Project. Our research interests are diverse, and include pupil understanding of history, ‘big picture’ history, history and identity, and the provision of worthwhile history education for all young people. You will have opportunities to find out more about this research and to consider its implications for your own practice.
You will undertake two school placements during your PGCE training and these will be at two of our excellent alliance schools. Including: Alexandra Park School, Fortismere School, Woodside High School, Friern Barnet School, Park View School, Duke’s Aldridge Academy, Highgate Wood School, Mill Hill County High and Christ’s College Finchley.
UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education. All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.
This programme follows the exact same structure as the PGCE route and awards the PGCE and QTS. The only difference is that students apply directly via UCAS to the school or alliance. Candidates will still attend the same university lectures.
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