Our Secondary programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PGCE. The programme provides you with a rich, cohesive and personalised experience of initial teacher training that will enable you to become a confident, competent and excellent teacher, critically aware of your own and others’ educational philosophy and practice.
The programme has four components: host-school experience, professional practice, taught sessions and a PGCE. School-based experience includes observation of experienced teachers at work, team teaching, working with small groups and with whole classes.
During the Host-School Experience you spend three days in your host school and two days a week training; one day in a subject hub and one in a professional Studies hub. During this period, we begin to construct your individual training plan taking into account your previous achievements.
Whilst completing your host-school experience you will also receive two full days of dedicated training led by our tutors each week: One subject-focused sessions at hub schools where you have the opportunity to work in subject cohorts on best practice and pedagogy through reflecting on your school-based experience and the literature. One professional studies day where the core skills and competencies of teaching are delivered irrelevant of subject.
Subject Studies are led by experienced and expert practitioners in your subject. The sessions are held at a ‘hub school’ that is expert in the teaching, progress and attainment of that subject.
Professional Studies are led by our ITT SLEs and it provides a unifying strand to the programme as a whole and ensures that trainees’ subjects are placed in a whole-school and education system context.
You will have two formal periods of professional practice in which you will take on the role of a practising teacher with curriculum and pastoral responsibilities. Whilst on professional practice you will be supported by your school-based mentor who is responsible for supporting your development. Mentors have all undergone extensive training which enables them to support you as a coach, role model and trainer.
The PGCE Secondary course is assessed by means of two assignments. These are closely linked to your work in schools and are designed to encourage reflection on the practical and theoretical perspectives of teaching and learning.
Your school experience and your school-based learning are assessed throughout the year. To be recommended for QTS you must demonstrate through your profile and portfolio that you have met the Teachers’ Standards.