The School Direct PGCE (QTS) programme with Halstow has three distinct modules. These are:
- School Experience
- Studies and Professional Issues in Education
- Curriculum Studies
You will spend approximately 6 weeks of the programme in University. In this time you will experience a mixture of lectures and small group seminars to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of the subjects you will be teaching in the primary classroom. Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher.
The remainder of your time will be spent in schools; the bulk of your experience will be spent in your main school, with an alternative 6 week placement in another hub school. We try to ensure that your 6 week alternative placement provides you with a contrasting context so that you develop a broader range of professional skills.
Our school based training sessions take part in schools across the hub and give all trainees the opportunity to come together regularly for a whole day to observe excellent teaching and to develop key professional skills. This also provides a mutually supportive context for trainees.
The Primary PGCE (QTS) Programme is taught and assessed at Masters Level. In addition to a recommendation for QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme you will also leave with level 7 credits, which is equivalent to one third of a master’s degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.
Studies and Professional Issues in Education (SPIRE)
The SPIRE module focuses upon issues that most impact upon the young person’s experience of education in the 21st Century. In sessions you will be asked to: consider a range of issues relating to diversity and inclusion; engage with research and policy; and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom. In your written assignment you will choose one area from this module to reflect upon more deeply.
For students following a School Direct pathway this module will focus specifically upon Learning Theory and will ask students to reflect upon the impact that research in this area has on the policy and practice of their school.