The PGCE French is an 11-16 programme designed by the Waverley School Direct and Birmingham City University teams to develop your skills and confidence as a teacher in our schools. You will develop understanding of techniques used by experienced teachers and how they are used to help children of all abilities and needs grasp the more complex ideas in the secondary national curriculum. You will explore planning and assessing the four language skills; teaching grammar, vocabulary, literature and translation; building real contexts, content and intercultural understanding into your lessons; and teaching through the medium of French.
We have designed our PGCE course to maximise your experience in classrooms, but also to take advantage of the depth and breadth of experience of university tutors, underpinned by educational theory. We start with a three day induction in July, with sessions at Waverley School and time visiting your host school where you will train for the academic year. You will benefit from the full university PGCE provision, plus an additional school-led programme delivered jointly by practising primary and secondary teachers. This equates to approximately 40 days' training at BCU, focused on subject pedagogy, professional studies and support with academic writing, plus 14 twilight training sessions at Waverley School, addressing practical skills in the context of our schools. In addition there is the daily support and guidance provided by your mentor and subject colleagues in your host school.
Following an initial two weeks in school in September, you will attend university for two and a half weeks. You then rejoin your school on a four day per week basis; the fifth day is spent training at BCU. Another two-week BCU block starts January and then, after February half-term, we place you in a second school for about six weeks until Easter. You then return to your main host school until the end of the summer term.
You are assessed against the Teacher Standards through regular lesson observation with supportive feedback and ongoing self-reflection on your progress. You will also complete three Master’s Level assignments, including a ‘Professional Enquiry’ based on your own teaching. After your assessment for QTS and PGCE is completed at the end of June, you will be supported until the end of term to extend your experience through your choice of focus, aimed at enhancing your early career prospects and enabling you to be the best teacher you can be.