Pallister Park Primary School leads an alliance of primary schools providing a PGCE Primary School Direct full time course run in partnership with York St John University. It covers the 3 – 11 age range. Trainees can choose to focus on either the 3 – 7 or 7 – 11 age range.
The training programme consists of school experience in two schools combined with taught sessions of subject knowledge, pedagogy and academic assignments at the university and partnership schools. You receive a comprehensive induction prior to commencing the course.
Placements involve opportunities to observe teaching, to work collaboratively, and to progressively increase the percentage of independent teaching. We feel it is important for you to feel welcome in the school community and valued as members of staff from the start of your training. You will also attend school meetings e.g. staff meetings, participate in school training days and other professional development events as appropriate. You are given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life and the wider school context.
There is strong support provided by school staff, mentors and university staff. Pallister Park and the university work together to ensure that student teachers become creative educators in a supportive and encouraging environment.
The key aim of the PGCE primary programme is to deliver a high quality, current and relevant programme of training that equips you with the professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes that you need to become outstanding teachers and leaders in primary schools.
Assessments are varied and include assignments, portfolios and presentations within and alongside school experience. These are designed so that you can demonstrate the appropriate skills required of a 21st century primary teacher.
The progressive nature of school experience and immersion into the life of the school ,which is a distinctive part of the School Direct approach, will enable you to progress effectively by building upon your developing skills. The time in school will ensure you receive the required 120 days of school-based training on primary postgraduate courses of one year’s duration.
The programme leads to the award of a PGCE with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. Successful completion of the professional development modules also count as 60 credits towards a Masters degree.