The Secondary PGCE programme concentrates on the teaching of 11 - 16 year olds, but part of it extends your studies/experience to cover preparation for post-16 teaching.
Most of the programme is spent on school placements at Tadcaster Grammar School and Sherburn High School, supported by academic input from the University of Hull. It prepares you to confidently and effectively teach across the secondary English curriculum using a variety of strategies which can be applied in different types of schools, taking account of the stages of children’s development.
We are seeking applicants who have a high degree of vocational motivation as well as a passion to teach the subject areas of English language and literature.
Trainees are given a thorough grounding in the requirements of the National Curriculum, and in the practical classroom strategies. There is a strong emphasis on trainees’ individual creativity in developing learning resources, and scope for additional specialisation in areas where trainees have personal interests, such as drama, Shakespeare or teenage fiction. The programme also encourages the development of critical literacy, through reflection on teaching methodologies and engagement with current research in the field.
The two teaching practice placements offer provide practical experience of working in two different English departments, so you can make informed judgements at the end of the programme. The schools themselves are enthusiastic about welcoming new colleagues, and committed to offering trainees a structured and supportive professional development.
Assessment is mainly based on teaching performance in the placement schools. Written assignments are portfolio-based tasks which are relevant to work in practice: for example, exploring the role of English within the curriculum and reflecting upon the impact of assessment.
The programme places a strong emphasis on the requirements of GCSE and Key Stage 3 subject planning and assessment, and on increasing trainees’ grammatical confidence and awareness. Work on Shakespeare involves collaborative practical sessions and an approach to play texts as enjoyable, popular, performance material needing interactive classroom activities. Guest speakers from partnership schools deliver workshops that offer practical guidance and current classroom approaches to further enrich the programme.
Typically, trainees find the PGCE year much more demanding than the degree finals year, but also more rewarding, as knowledge, experience, energy, humour and sheer willpower come together to make small parts of the world, for a short time at least, into better places.