On successful completion of this programme you will be awarded a PGCE in General Primary 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 highly supportive school environments, gaining a broad experience in EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Our alliance consists of eight primary schools in Warrington as well as a special school and this allows you to have three contrasting placements during the programme.
In each placement you will be supported by a trained school mentor to develop your professional knowledge, understanding and the skills necessary to become a teacher. The opportunity to work alongside colleagues from the start of the programme and immediately form relationships with the children are invaluable experiences which will enable you to become fully immersed in the life of the schools.
The placements in school are supported by a rigorous and comprehensive training programme, which are led by expert teachers and Specialist Leaders of Education. The vast majority of these training courses take place in schools in Warrington. The alliance does work in partnership with Lime Tree Alliance in Manchester so three sessions take place at Lime Tree. The programme also provides an SEN enrichment week based at the Special school. A further 12 days are led by a tutor from University of Cumbria who travels to our training centre in Warrington to focus on pedagogy and curriculum.
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.
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.
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 .