The Physical Education PGCE is an 11-16 programme designed by the Waverley School Direct and Newman University teams to develop your skills and confidence as a teacher in our schools. You will develop an understanding of effective techniques used by experienced teachers, including the use of ICT, and how they can be used to help children of all abilities grasp the more complex ideas in the secondary national curriculum.
We have designed our PGCE course to maximise your experience in classrooms, but also to take full advantage of the depth and breadth of experience of university tutors, underpinned by educational theory. Our programme starts with a three day induction at Waverley School and your host school in July; you then rejoin your host school for the full academic year at the start of September. We organise a second school placement for you, which usually takes place during the six weeks before Easter.
You will benefit from the full university core PGCE provision, plus an additional school-led programme delivered jointly by practising primary and secondary teachers. You will receive approximately 27 days' training at Newman University, focused on subject pedagogy, professional studies and support with academic writing, plus 14 twilight training sessions at Waverley School. There is also the daily support and guidance offered by your mentor and subject colleagues at your school. The university input is front-loaded in September (and then January), so you are there for two days a week until early October, from when you are in school full-time, with an occasional day at Newman for academic writing support. This pattern is repeated in January and after February half-term we place you in a second school for a placement of 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 two Master’s Level assignments of 4000 words each, plus two case studies of learning and progress based on your own teaching. After your assessment for QTS and PGCE is completed around the end of June, you will be supported until the end of the summer 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.