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, and theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of young children. Trainees should develop into reflective teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of children of all abilities and needs. The course details below are subject to adjustment due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to include elements of online training provision and online teaching experience.
Our PGCE course maximises your 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 from Waverley School and liaison with your host school.
Your training comprises university core PGCE provision (approx. 35 days and including academic writing support), plus an additional school-led programme delivered jointly by practising primary and secondary teachers (approx. 14 twilight sessions). This is in addition to the daily support, experience and guidance from your host school.
You are attached to your host school from start September before an intensive five week training block with Newman University, during which you are allocated one school day per week to give you a practical context for this learning. You then join your school full-time until Christmas for your first assessed placement, the first two weeks of which are planning and preparation. During a similar training block in January, you are attached to a different school, which will be your second assessed placement until Easter. You usually then return to your main school and class 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 also complete two Master’s Level assignments of 4000 words each, plus subject audits in English, Maths and Science. 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.