There are three University and School-based stages to your PGCE Primary.
Stage one – Introduction and Preparation
You’ll take part in seminars and workshops that prepare you for your school-based training which focuses on:
Primary Professional Studies
You’ll learn strategies to tackle issues that you’ll face in your training placements. This will help develop your understanding of teaching and learning, the primary curriculum and educational policy.
Subject knowledge and applied pedagogy
You’ll develop your Early Years and Key Stage 1 curriculum knowledge, understanding in English, Mathematics and Science. You’ll explore the broader curriculum and observe and reflect on best practice across the whole curriculum.
You’ll spend time on CPD activities that will enhance your teaching applications, making you more employable.
As stage 1 progresses, you’ll complete a longer period of time in school. Working alongside an experienced class teacher and mentor, you will have the opportunity to co-teach and co-plan lessons across the curriculum. You will begin teaching phonics and maths and will gain an understanding of how pupils learn through areas of provision.
Stage two – Developing and Securing
You’ll reflect on your experiences in the first stage and set developmental targets with your University and School-based mentors. You’ll receive further training on the curriculum and planning and delivering sequences of learning.
Teaching skills will be developed further, usually in a different school, teaching a contrasting age phase to your first placement. You’ll continue to focus on English and Mathematics, alongside the wider curriculum, while developing your understanding of how schools use assessment to map pupils’ learning progress journey.
Stage three – Refining and Embedding
Having developed and applied your subject and curriculum knowledge, you’ll spend some time completing CPD activities. 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 usually stay in the same school as your stage 2 placement until the end of the programme, teaching another age phase, teaching all subjects and areas of provision. Taking on the role of the class teacher and wider responsibilities across the school, you’ll continue to have coaching and mentoring from school staff.
At the end of stage three, you’ll complete a two-week transition placement. This will help you prepare for graduate employment as a teacher, giving you the chance to explore any aspects of primary teaching that have particularly interested you.