On successful completion of this programme you will be awarded a PGCE in Secondary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters Level credits by University of Cumbria.
Our School Direct PGCE programme enables you to spend the vast majority of your year in a highly supportive school environment. Working with a school mentor who is a Geography specialist you will be supported to gradually develop professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become a teacher.
You will start your first school placement at the beginning of September with a two week induction and will feel part of the staff team. Working alongside department colleagues on Inset day and seeing the new Year 7 intake arrive on their first day are valuable experiences which shape relationships for the coming year.
Weekly partnership conferences will take place in our training centre in Great Sankey, Warrington. These are led by expert teachers and Specialist Leaders of Education. These days are enhanced by 12 days at University of Cumbria (Lancaster Campus) for subject specific tutorials led by University experts.
This course blends theories about learning with the wide range of skills that a teacher needs. We give you opportunities to carry out research into the aspects of teaching that capture your imagination. This helps you develop a reflective and analytical view of your work in the classroom, which sustains the high levels of progress we expect.
You learn about the curriculum, from the framework provided by the National Curriculum through to the individual lesson plans that teachers use to support learning in their classrooms.
You will learn about the teacher’s role in establishing an effective climate for learning and practical strategies for managing the behaviour of students.
Sessions in University support you in finding out how to use ICT effectively in your lessons, how to mark books and assess work, and how the new Key Stage 4 curriculum is structured.
We use a variety of methods and group sizes in our teaching, including subject methodology sessions where practical work is completed, small tutorial groups for discussing issues, mixed-subject research training activities, and other opportunities to share ideas and work with your peers in small and large teams.
Assessment takes the form of three pieces of written coursework and a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you have met the standards for Qualified Teacher Status .