We are keen to develop your understanding of English as a creative, arts-based subject. Along with research-based teaching, we use practical classroom strategies from the outset - a real ‘hands-on’ approach. Together with your colleagues on the course, you will:
- examine the power and potential of literature, language and multimodal texts.
- secure an understanding of literacy, how and why children learn to speak, listen, read and write.
- learn strategies and methods to enable pupils to understand a broad range of oral and textual forms of language and media.
- be prepared to implement the National Curriculum for English and the relevant exam specifications for GCSE and A-Level.
- be encouraged to build your confidence in drama methods and technology-enhanced education.
By the end of the programme, you’ll have become an innovative and flexible teacher who can enable pupils to enjoy their learning and make progress.
The university-based programme includes a broad range of activities, from working with professional Shakespearean actors to creative writing workshops in local places of interest to exploring innovative uses of technology in the classroom. You are then encouraged to apply what you learn in your classrooms whilst on placement!
While both the English tutors lead university-based sessions (sometimes co-teaching), you will work especially closely with one tutor, which enables close supervision of your needs: you will have at least four tutorials with her (e.g. for advice on subject knowledge development) and she will visit you in school to observe you teaching; she is always on hand for advice and support. You will also be well-supported by your mentor in school. Former PGCE student teachers have rated the English tutors and mentors extremely highly.
Assessment is through four assignments spread evenly through the year. These are research-based, and you are encouraged to follow your own interests and areas of expertise. Two are on Educational and Professional Studies themes; two are on an English theme. Full tutorial support is provided. Other English tasks include writing a book review of a young adult/teen novel and contributing some of your own writing to a course anthology.
To develop you as a reflective and reflexive practitioner, you will keep a Weekly Reflection to enable you to reflect on your progress throughout the year, which could be in the form of a blog.