John Spence Community High School is the Lead School and works with the North East Partnership SCITT, Northumbria University and 16 local schools to offer this innovative course which lasts for 40 weeks from September to June. There is also a 2 week 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 to teach PE alongside the core subjects of mathematics, English and science plus ICT across KS1 and KS2. There will also be opportunities to gain experience in the foundation subjects. On completion of the course you will be a qualified primary teacher with a PE specialism.
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 in PE, the core subjects, ICT and the foundation subjects. These sessions are delivered by outstanding practitioners from partnership schools alongside North Tyneside Local Authority, North Tyneside Maths Hub, 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, teaching and learning, assessment, inclusion, 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 school staff and your tutor based on an area of interest, a development need in your placement school or current research in primary education.
Placement performance is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS. Two coursework assignments plus your action research project provide further evidence of suitability to enter the teaching profession; two modules are assessed at Masters Level and if successfully completed count as 60 credits. Successful trainees exit the course with QTS plus a PGCE.