Our Secondary teacher training programme for Biology is an exceptional partnership of Forest Way Alliance – FWA, the University of Leicester and five local secondary schools.
This course is made up of both university-based sessions - which will give you a grounding in the principles of good teaching practice - and school-based placements giving you the chance to apply your knowledge and experience a wide range of classroom situations. These placements will be in contrasting schools within FWA to give you a broad range of experience.
Although your placement will be at an Alliance school, you will share most, if not all, the Secondary PGCE Professional Studies Course with the Secondary PGCE students on the ‘core’ (University-led) PGCE course, giving you a great opportunity to share experience and practice with other students. Your subject studies will be undertaken together with core PGCE students.
This training will focus on all aspects of teaching pedagogy, including lesson planning and evaluation, behaviour management, literacy and functional skills, learning theory, diversity and inclusion, equality, safeguarding, creative engagement, PSHE and form tutoring.
In school, your subject teaching will be closely monitored and supported by a mentor in the department. Senior members of staff hold overall responsibility in each school for the training of trainee teachers, including tutorials and the provision of opportunities for professional development and whole school concerns.
Successful completion of the course leads to PGCE and 90 credits at Masters level awarded by the University of Leicester and Qualified Teacher Status.
This course differs from our other Biology course on offer with the University of Derby in that training for this course will be solely provided by the University of Leicester. Although placement schools are the same, the University of Leicester course provide all their own training and there will be no time spent training at FWA.