We run different pathways within our Primary PGCE programme and applicants should apply to the pathway(s) they are interested in. Our Primary with English course trains you to become a primary classroom teacher but also provides an additional strand in primary english education to help prepare you to become a future curriculum coordinator in english.
1.Curriculum studies - This 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 - This component is designed to enable critical reflection on children’s learning and development, pedagogy, diversity, and teachers’ roles and responsibilities in multi-professional contexts. This component 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 which trainees must demonstrate 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 (English) - The English pathway will prepare you to use creative approaches and resources to interest and motivate children as you teach across the curriculum. This will include ways of using poetry, drama, stories and children’s literature. It is taught through seminars and workshops with a significant element of directed collaborative group work and self-study. As well as giving you a solid grounding in practical classroom ideas, you will have the opportunity to execute and evaluate your own classroom research. 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.