There are three stages to your PGCE Primary.
Stage one – Introduction to teaching
You will spend time at university preparing you for your school-based training, focusing on:
Professional Education Studies
You’ll learn strategies to tackle issues that you will face in your placements. These strategies will help develop your understanding of teaching and learning, the primary curriculum and educational policy.
Subject knowledge and applied pedagogy
You’ll develop your Key Stage 1 curriculum knowledge and understanding in English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and PE. You’ll explore the broader curriculum, alongside the Early Years Foundation stage areas of learning.
You’ll focus on CPD activities that will enhance your teaching applications making you more employable.
Working alongside an experienced class teacher and mentor you will have the opportunity to put into practice what you’ve learnt so far, focusing on teaching English and Mathematics and one other curriculum area.
Stage two – Developing your knowledge
You’ll focus on building on the knowledge you’ve already developed to prepare for your next assessed school-based training block. You’ll reflect on your experiences in the first stage and set developmental targets.
You’ll develop your teaching skills further, usually in a new school, teaching a contrasting age phase to your first placement. You’ll continue to focus on English and Mathematics, alongside PE and broader areas of the curriculum.
Stage three – Preparing for your teaching career
Having developed and applied your subject and curriculum knowledge, you’ll spend some time at University completing CPD activities that will prepare for your teaching career. These activities will include responses to current priorities in primary education, support for your first employment and optional enhancements to develop your professional profile.
You’ll stay in the same school until the end of the programme, teaching another age phase. You’ll teach all subjects and areas of provision in stage three. You will take on the role of the class teacher and will take on wider responsibilities across the school. You’ll continue to have coaching and mentoring from school staff.
You’ll finally complete an Enhanced Placement which you’ll source yourself, with support from the School Partnerships team. This placement will help you prepare for graduate employment as a teacher, as well as giving you the chance to explore any aspects of primary teaching that have particularly interested you.