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 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 science curriculum using a variety of strategies which can be applied in different types of schools, taking account of the stages of children's development.
Science is an exciting, practical subject which includes physics, chemistry and biology. As a teacher you may be required to teach physics, chemistry and biology up to key stage 3, or even key stage 4, teaching your specialist subject at key stage 5.
There is currently much emphasis on developing science courses to ensure the population is science literate before they leave school. These exciting developments enable you to develop innovative methods of teaching science and to focus on a pedagogically sound approach to teaching and learning. Many of the skills that you teach your pupils will be transferable across the sciences.
You will consider how to plan lessons; how to organise safe investigations; how to meet the needs of all pupils; how to manage the learning environment effectively and how to undertake assessment. There are plenty of opportunities to carry out practical work in our spacious school laboratory. Initially, the emphasis of the programme is on science within the National Curriculum, whilst in the later stages you will develop your key stage 5 teaching with specialist tutors to learn how to challenge and motivate the full range of learners staying on in Schools and Colleges.
Trainees in our Alliance have access to whole school staff development, which has an excellent reputation of developing teachers. This staff development is based on sound National and International research, whilst still recognising the needs of the students in our care. The schools also offer bespoke small group ITT training, which is tailored to individual needs and is career stage appropriate.
Sherburn Science are a friendly, forward thinking, hardworking team who achieved their best ever GCSE results in summer 2019. Tadcaster Grammar School Science Faculty is large, successful, friendly, hard-working and dynamic, with a mixture of experienced and more recently qualified staff. Their results speak for themselves. Both schools teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics to A level.