Newcroft Primary Academy organises your School Direct year, with the pedagogical content of the PGCE being delivered by the University of Leicester and with school placements, organised by Newcroft, in a number of Leicestershire Primary Schools.
The University of Leicester PGCE Primary has been running for over 60 years. The feedback we receive from schools tell us that we are developing the kind of teachers they want to employ. This is reflected in 98% of our students achieving Good or Outstanding teacher grades at the end of their course and 95% of our graduates securing a teaching post by the end of the course.
Trainees are provided with a high quality, experienced mentors in their placement schools. The course is a mixture of school based experience in two contrasting schools and lectures and seminars at the University. Throughout the year, trainees are provided with support and guidance by Newcroft School Direct's lead practitioner.
You will be required to select a Specialism Subject at the beginning of your PGCE. These may include, Mathematics, Early Years, Science, English and Inclusion (subject to availability).
If you choose Primary (5-11), your placements will be in Key Stage One, Lower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two.
The University course comprises of three strands and school placements:
• Curriculum Studies - Core and Broader Curriculum
• Professional Studies
• Academic Strand including Specialist Study
Newcroft organise your Teaching Experience in primary schools. These placements will be in contrasting schools to provide you with a broad range of experience.
Teaching approaches are varied; whole-course lectures, taught sessions in tutor groups, some work in focus schools and individual tutorials. Some of these sessions will be taught in differentiated groups, with specialist Primary and Lower Primary based sessions and small group subject support sessions.
Newcroft School Direct, with the University of Leicester, prepares you to teach across the full range of the Primary Curriculum. We will introduce you to the wider context of teaching, including responding to diversity in schools and the inclusion of Special Needs Education, as well as equipping you with classroom management and planning skills.
By the end of the course you will meet the required professional standards for Qualified Teachers Status (QTS) and will be awarded a University of Leicester PGCE. You will also have 90 credits towards a Masters Degree.