PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS OUR EARLY YEARS (AGE3-7) PGCE - FOR PRIMARY (AGE 5-11) PGCE, SEE COURSE 2V5V
Our training programme is varied, innovative and inspiring. Through it, our trainees have access to excellent teaching and a variety of experiences in our partner schools. The core elements of our programmes have been developed over 20 years of experience. Our programmes are highly respected and, as a result of this, in addition to our PGCE routes, we also offer a BA (Hons) in Primary and Early Years Education (see UCAS). ‘Trainees learn not only what to teach and how to teach it, but also develop a deep understanding of how children learn. Trainees forge their own identity as a teacher and become impressive role models’ OFSTED 2022
Trainees will spend time in school every week, which promotes application of theoretical learning to classroom practice. Training is front-loaded to the Autumn term, which means more time in school during the Summer term preparing for being a fully-fledged ECT. Whilst in school, trainees observe successful teachers; teach children in small groups up to whole classes; plan and deliver learning to children (with coaching and mentoring from expert School Based Trainer) and join in with school-led training opportunities.
We assess trainee skills by judging impact on the outcomes for the children being taught. Information for assessment is presented in written formats, portfolios, presentations and tutorial discussions. All assessments are continuous throughout the year through individual tasks and group projects.
Core Training takes place at our dedicated training centre and in venues across the area. It provides inspirational, hands-on training from safeguarding to subject knowledge; behaviour management to building resilience; well-being to pedagogy, and much more. Training days provide an opportunity to share experiences, while learning from our expert trainers. These sessions provide trainees with ‘headspace’ and an opportunity to reflect on teaching, as well as learning new skills and pedagogies to take back to school.
For the PGCE element of our programme, trainees work towards 60 Masters-level credits awarded by Birmingham City University. BCU lectures and seminars are delivered in Milton Keynes by BCU academic staff. The combination of higher level academic study with the hands-on, practical nature of our school-led programme gives the perfect balance of theory and practice, making for informed and inspirational teachers. The PGCE requires three written assignments, which are assessed and moderated by the team at BCU.