Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education foregrounds evidence informed practice. Centre-based sessions are, whenever possible led by school based colleagues in one of our teaching classrooms, either at Keele University (ST5 5BG) or Seabridge Primary School (ST5 3PJ). All our classrooms are set up for young children to be taught within it as well as yourselves. The rooms are fully equipped and you will have access to an extensive set of resources to support all curriculum areas within early years, primary and special needs education. Some of these can be loaned to you whilst on placement.
Whilst our programme trains you to become a General Primary Practitioner, we also offer specialisms. Our specialisms include, Early Years (PGCE with QTS), English and the Performing Arts, Geography and History, Mathematics (specialism NOT specialist), Physical Education, Science and Art and Design.
Our English and the Performing Arts specialism enables you to draw on your passion for English and develops your capacity as a curriculum maker. You will be supported in carefully considering how, through disciplined thinking, you can connect English with other areas of the curriculum particularly focusing on performing arts. English is not only an essential National Curriculum subject but it also unlocks learning in all subjects, including drama and music, whether that be through reading, performance, writing, speaking or listening.
We will encourage you to consider how best to harness children’s curiosity and creativity in relation to a variety of texts and literary stimuli. You will be encouraged to think carefully about progression, assessment and curriculum organisation by benefiting from the expertise of practitioners currently working in our partnership schools.