The PGCE at Durham is the first phase of a three-year entitlement for beginning teachers. Our delivery is underpinned by the Core Content Framework which is embedded into all of our ITE courses.
The Durham ITE Curriculum is ambitious and rigorous in its content. It ensures that trainee teachers receive coherent and well sequenced evidence-based input that leads cumulatively to the depth of skills and knowledge required to teach across KS1 and 2. It makes certain that trainees receive their minimum entitlement for the Core Content Framework ensuring that the ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how’ statements are edified.
Research Related Professional Practice (RRPP) is at the core of the PGCE Primary Education curriculum at Durham University. RRPP develops key ITE themes that reflects the Core Content Framework; starting through a generic lens and progressing to a subject specific viewpoint which is then supported with concrete examples in a school environment. Beginning teachers work in classrooms in Partnership schools with expert staff to develop teaching skills, knowledge and understanding that are observed, deconstructed, and analysed. These skills are applied and developed during their own teaching placements.
Our approach to ITE reflects the theory of ‘Cognitive Apprenticeship’ which uses modelling, scaffolding, fading and coaching as well as focusing on making implicit the explicit. Under this model schools become communities of practice where our students find intrinsic motivation for their learning which goes beyond simply meeting the Teachers’ Standards and which promotes our aim of developing ‘thinking teachers’.
The university-based sessions focus on a weekly specific pedagogical theme, which is integrated with sessions devoted to the Core and Foundation Primary Subjects, delivered by subject specialists. Your understandings of key concepts and classroom practice are explored in small Teacher Learning Community groups, to prepare you for your school placements. Wellbeing is at the heart of the PGCE course, and you will receive personal, constructive, and friendly support from your University and School-Based Tutors and our Wellbeing Team.
Applicants should note that this programme starts earlier than the standard university term.