We run different pathways within our Primary PGCE programme and applicants should apply to the pathway(s) they are interested in. Our Primary Teaching & Learning course trains you to become a primary classroom teacher but also provides an additional strand in primary teaching & learning to help prepare you to become a future coordinator in curriculum innovation.
1.Curriculum studies - includes preparation for teaching the core subjects (English, Mathematics, and Science) and the subjects of Art, Computing, D&T, Geography, History, Modern Languages, Music, PE, and RE, delivered in shorter practical courses. These courses cater for trainees whose previous experiences may vary widely and give a substantial introduction to teaching these subjects.
2.Educational and Professional Studies - is designed to enable critical reflection on children’s learning and development, pedagogy, diversity, and teachers’ roles and responsibilities in multi-professional contexts and includes one 30 credit Masters-level assignment.
3.School experience - Central to the course is the developing your ability to meet the DfE’s Teachers’ Standards in order to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). School-based tutors and mentors are responsible for your learning & development and receive well-designed training. You initially work with groups of children, before taking on more responsibility for planning and independently teaching whole classes. You will have two main placements offering contrasting environments.
4.Pathway module (Teaching & Learning) - This pathway is for those who do not wish to choose a subject specialism, but are instead interested in developing knowledge, understanding and skills in research-inspired primary teaching and learning across the whole 5-11 curriculum. Practical workshops and seminars make up the taught component, with contributions from school partners. Themes are taken from the Cambridge Primary Review Trust which examines facets of primary teaching and learning from national and international perspectives, offering a contemporary and critical view of primary education in theory and practice. It includes one 30 credit Masters-level assignment.
Note: The DfE entry requirement to pass professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy was removed in 2020. Instead trainees are now benchmarked during their training against a Government-defined set of fundamental mathematics and English skills. This is embedded into the training and does not involve any specific testing at interview. Trainees are given tools to help identify areas for development where needed. The course includes activities to enable trainees to demonstrate the requisite skills by the end of the course.