The Science PGCE aims to:
- Develop your understanding of the role of science teachers both within their departments and in their wider professional responsibilities
- Introduce you to current theories and practice in science teaching
- Help develop your academic and critical thinking skills to support effective science teaching and learning for all your students
- Help you set high expectations for yourself and your students
- Help you to understand what contribution science education can make to the wider education of young people.
The science course supports the core PGCE through:
- Specialist sessions to develop your curriculum subject knowledge
- Exploring effective teaching and learning in science classrooms
- Consideration of the role of practical work and your responsibility for safe classroom practice
- Developing reflective practice to support your planning, delivery and evaluation of lessons
- Developing an understanding of recent curriculum change.
A field course supports team-building for collaborative work and a practical understanding of learning outside the classroom.
In addition to your specialist subject and core science sessions, you will be allocated to a mixed team from all science disciplines to develop pedagogy related to science teaching.
Mixed teams and science sessions will focus on:
The science curriculum
Behaviour for learning and classroom management
Literacy and numeracy in science
Differentiation and inclusion
ICT in science, including data logging
Teaching controversial issues in science
The nature of science
Science outside the classroom
Safety issues and risk assessment
Classroom practice related to learning theories
Demonstrations and practicals.
If you are passionate about teaching, ambitious, reflective and with excellent communication skills and a desire to positively influence and transform young people’s lives, we look forward to receiving your application.
In return we will offer you: * a PGCE programme with QTS and Master’s level credits with our Higher Education Institution (HEI) partner, The University of Leicester * a training programme including sessions at university, Higham Lane School as well as your placement schools * an on-the-job training approach working alongside experienced teachers to plan, deliver and evaluate lessons from the start of the academic year * teaching experience at 2 complementary schools * opportunities to work alongside other trainees to share ideas and experiences * both subject and professional mentors to support and guide you through your training year.
Successful applicants may be placed at any of our schools depending on subject specialism.
For information on our partner schools, please see (https://www.highamlaneschool.co.uk/partnership).