The programme is one-year, full-time course from September until June and is delivered within the term dates of the schools within the Alliance. The majority of the programme is delivered in school, through school-based placements in our alliance schools. The academic elements of the programme are delivered by Newman University, from whom we purchase the most extensive School Direct programme that they offer. Additional training is provided during the placements by our alliance schools on early years, phonics, SEND, assessment and mastery teaching in English and mathematics.
You will learn the principles of curriculum design and delivery, and theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of children. Trainees are encouraged to develop into reflective teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of children of all abilities and needs. You will be assessed against the Teacher Standards through regular lesson observation with supportive feedback and ongoing self-reflection on your progress. Our course maximises your experience in classrooms, but also takes advantage of the depth and breadth of experience of Newman University tutors.
You will benefit from regular University tutor visits and training at Newman University, focused on pedagogy, professional studies and support with academic writing. Our partnership with Newman University will support you in completing two Masters Level assignments of 4000 words each, leading to the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) alongside Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) These assignments show how practice and research combine to provide a framework within which you teach, refer to practical pedagogy in the classroom, research of academic literature and both reflection and evaluation. You will also be invited to undertake subject audits in English, Maths and Science. Assessment of the PGCE programme combines course assignments and professional practice in school, aimed at enhancing your early career prospects and enabling you to be the best teacher you can be.
It is desirable that you have undertaken some school experience, or plan to do so before the course commences.
Placements in two wonderful schools within Bournville Village Primary
Trainees start on 50% teaching commitment rising to 70% by term 3
Full postgraduate PGCE award including 60 credits at Master's level
Extensive support provided by high-quality tutors, school colleagues and staff
Regular University tutor observations/visits to support schools and trainees’ development