John Spence Community High School is the Lead School and works with the North East Partnership SCITT, Northumbria University and 21 local schools to offer this innovative course which lasts for 40 weeks from September to June. There is also a 2 week compulsory summer school at the end of August plus you will support end of year activities in your placement school during July.
You will be trained as a primary school teacher across the 5 to 11 age range, with a specialism in PE.
The course consists of 4 inter-related modules:
You will gain teaching experience in 2 contrasting schools; a Host School and a Partner School. You will spend the majority of the year in your Host School teaching KS2 and a 6 week block in your Partner School teaching KS1.
In this module you will develop your subject-specific knowledge and pedagogy in all areas of the primary curriculum, including; core subjects, physical education, foundation subjects, early reading and phonics and early maths. Sessions are delivered by expert colleagues from partnership schools, the local authority and the Great North Maths Hub alongside the Primary Lead and a Primary PE Consultant.
In this module you will develop your knowledge of education through a programme of conference days focusing on topics that are at the forefront of policy and practice. These include; safeguarding and child protection, behaviour management, pupil memory, assessment, inclusion, teaching and learning, equality and diversity, and literacy and numeracy across the curriculum. Time is also allocated to preparing for employment. These sessions are delivered by middle and senior leaders in partnership schools.
For this module you will carry out a small scale action research project during your final placement. You will agree a focus with your tutors based on an area of interest, a development need in your placement school or current research in primary education.
Successful trainees exit the course with QTS plus a PGCE. Placement performance is assessed against your mastery of the ITT curriculum and the teachers’ standards for the award of QTS. For the award of PGCE you will complete two coursework assignments plus your action research project and have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters credits.