Our PGCE course with QTS, is focussed on the Foundation and Primary age range (age 3 to 11). Qualified teacher status is awarded based on 3 periods of in-school assessment across the academic year, alongside University based assignments and evidencing of teaching standards.
Our trainees will be based in their ‘home’ school from the first day of the school year, being allocated their own class and teacher mentor for support. Over time, responsibility and percentage of teaching is gradually passed over to the trainee as they find their feet via observation, group teaching and in school learning tasks. Towards the end of term, trainees enter their first assessed period, where teaching delivery and preparation begin to be graded, in order to offer prompts for improvement.
During the Spring term (after Christmas) trainees move to an exchange school (within our local group of schools), fulfilling government training requirements to experience two school settings and a different age range of children. A second assessed period then monitors the continual improvement of our trainees as they complete this middle placement.
As they approach the end of their year-long school placement, our trainees return to their ‘home’ school, to complete a final assessed period, with partnership and university mentors using this period to measure the consistent standard which trainees can reach against the teacher standards document.
Alongside in school training and assessment requirement, trainees access weekly Friday University lectures and workshops, supporting them to increase their theoretical knowledge of education and to integrate this in to their classroom practice, via a series of assignments and tasks.