The School Direct 11-16 course is aimed at developing the professional skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to become an outstanding reflective practitioner equipped with the subject specific skills, knowledge and understanding to teach geography across the 11-16 age range.
Embedded in a school from the beginning of the course, you will receive central training at the SCITT one day a week, enabling you to make immediate links between taught sessions and school experience. These are delivered by outstanding current practitioners with the support of experienced and specially trained school mentors. The course is active and demanding, including simulations of classroom activities, group sessions and exploring the latest research in pedagogy.
The course is supported by the expertise of Roehampton University who provide teaching and academic support for a PGCE (M), library access and taught sessions by subject tutors. Written assignments give you the opportunity to explore the most recent developments in geography teaching and learning and to research an aspect of your practice in school.
At the start of the course you will complete a personal subject knowledge audit and begin an action plan to build on your subject knowledge. This is an important thread running through the programme.
In addition to the primary focus of the course on teaching geography for the 11-16 curriculum, you will have access to a post 16 curriculum, an experience at primary school and a second placement in a contrasting school.
By the end of the course you will have learnt how to develop and extend your pupils’ geographical understanding, skills and knowledge in all its forms, how to organise, structure and assess work for a range of abilities and ages, how to meet the needs of individual learners and how to implement strategies promoting equal opportunities. You will learn about current developments in the teaching of geography and its place in the National Curriculum. You will learn how geography enables young people to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. You will also draw on your own studies and experience to encourage questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future.