The English PGCE introduces you to the broad scope of English as a curriculum subject, including media and drama. Along with practical knowledge and an understanding of English methods, the PGCE offers perspectives on the role of language in learning, the teaching of literacy and literature, the principles of syllabus design and evaluation, and the assessment and recording of pupils’ progress.
You will develop knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum, its targets and content, together with an understanding of wider statutory requirements. You will advance your teaching and classroom management skills to a high level, and enhance your capacity for self-reflection and further professional development.
At the IOE you will work in groups of approximately 20, with a team of tutors who have unparalleled experience and research interests in London schools. Sessions at the IOE are interactive and you will participate in a range of group and individual activities. Some activities are arranged in collaboration with schools and organisations such as the BBC and the British Film Institute. You will develop an understanding of classroom practice and the theories underpinning teaching and learning English, media and drama. Tasks set throughout the year will help you to reflect on your own as well as children’s learning and development.
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 very 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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