The Primary PGCE (5-11) is a programme designed to develop your skills and confidence as a teacher in KS1-KS2. The course will focus on teaching all National Curriculum subjects, with emphasis on English, Maths, Science and ICT. You will learn the principles of curriculum design and delivery as well as theories of learning and teaching. We want our trainees to emerge as reflective teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of children of all abilities and needs, with a particular focus on challenges and opportunities experienced in our area of Birmingham.
Our PGCE course maximises your practical experience in classrooms, but also takes advantage of the depth and breadth of experience of university tutors, underpinned by educational theory. We start with July induction, with sessions at Waverley School and liaison with your host school.
Your training consists of university core PGCE provision (approx. 30 days and including Master’s Level academic writing support), plus a complementary school-led programme delivered by practising teachers. This school-led element (approx. 17 sessions) comprises primary pedagogy, group tutorial and cross-phase sessions, with two of our partner schools as training sites. This is in addition to the daily support, experience and guidance from your host and second schools.
You are attached to your main host school from start September before an intensive five week training block at university, during which you return to school one day per week to give you a practical context for your learning. You then join school full-time, with the exception of occasional Fridays at university. You will have substantial experience of two schools and two key stages during the year, as well as further opportunities to develop your breadth of knowledge and understanding. You start by teaching short activities and small groups, gradually building up your skills and confidence for teaching whole-class lessons.
You are assessed against the Teacher Standards through regular lesson observation with supportive feedback and your ongoing self-reflection. You also complete two Master’s Level assignments of 4000 words each, plus subject audits in English, Maths and Science. After your final assessment in early July, you are offered a bespoke opportunity to extend your experience, aimed at enhancing your early career prospects and enabling you to be the best teacher you can be.
Course details above are subject to adjustment due to any ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or revalidation of Newman University PGCE programmes.