You will attend centre-based training in Kilburn one day per week, with additional visits to alternative schools. Taught sessions are wide-ranging and thorough, ensuring that you have the confidence and competence to plan and teach creatively to meet the needs of all pupils. Tutors are experts in their field, offering informative and practical sessions which you can immediately apply to your own classroom practice. Sessions include:
• Subject knowledge and related pedagogy
• Child development
• Theories of learning
• Assessment and Planning
• Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
• English as an additional language (EAL)
• Behaviour for Learning
• Academic Studies for the PGCE
• Developing a working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum (NC)
• Voice coaching and classroom presence
You also have two focus weeks:
• ‘SEND Week’: developing increasing awareness of aspects of SEND and how to provide an inclusive learning environment
• ‘Creative Curriculum Week’: exploring creative and imaginative approaches to teaching, which maximise cross curricular links and contextualise learning
You spend 4 days per week in your base school. A second, 6 week, placement is undertaken in a contrasting setting and age phase. There is also the opportunity to apply for an enhancement placement in a SEND setting.
You will be observed teaching each week and targets set by your school based Mentor. You will also be visited by a Teaching London Link Tutor, and keep teaching files and evidence of your progress. You take on increasing responsibility for planning and teaching, up to 80% by the Summer Term. To be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards is assessed at 6 review points across the year.
To be awarded Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), you need to pass two written assignments at Master’s Level. Classroom-based research for the first assignment is carried out during the Autumn Term and submitted at the beginning of Spring. Classroom-based research for the second assignment is carried out during the Spring 2 term and submitted at the beginning of Summer. There is also a presentation for this assignment in Spring.