This programme offers a balance of theory and practice to give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of the National Curriculum for English, including post-16 teaching. You’ll learn how to make use of a wide range of teaching approaches through practical workshop sessions and seminars with trained professionals, and through direct involvement with one or more culturally diverse London schools. Through practical and theoretical application, you’ll be taught all aspects of the planning and evaluation of lessons, assessment, marking and examination syllabuses.
When you reach QTS you’ll have developed the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become a responsible professional who can make positive and informed contributions to educational policy. The subject studies module will be assessed in year 1.
In Studies and Professional Issues in Research in Education sessions you will be asked to: consider issues relating to diversity and inclusion; engage with research and policy and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom. In your written assignment you’ll choose one area from this module to reflect upon more deeply. The SPIRE module will be assessed in year 2.
You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days in school, divided into two block school experiences allowing you to develop a broad understanding of the role of the teacher in contrasting settings. You will also spend the equivalent of 8 weeks in University. In this time you’ll have a mix of lectures and small group seminars designed to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of your subject area. School Experience will be assessed across years 1 and 2.
Professional Studies underpins the course and is designed to prepare you for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher. This will be enhanced by ongoing training during school experience and will include aspects such as: behaviour management, working with pupils with English as an Additional Language and Special Educational Needs. Assessment of this module is through a portfolio of evidence and will require you to demonstrate your engagement across all eight of the Teachers’ Standards.
Taught and assessed at masters level, in addition to a recommendation for QTS, if you pass all academic elements, you’ll also leave with 60 masters level credits, equivalent to one third of a masters degree. Academic support is provided to ensure you are prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.
PGCE Part-time English