There are three 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. Key areas include behaviour management, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and professional behaviours.
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 and make you more employable.
Working alongside an experienced class teacher and mentor you’ll have the opportunity to put into practice what you’ve learnt so far, focusing on teaching English, Mathematics and one other curriculum area.
Stage two – Developing and Securing
You’ll reflect on your experiences in the first stage and set developmental targets ahead of your second block of school-based training. You’ll continue to receive training in Primary Professional Studies, top-up training, and further information regarding 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 PE and broader areas of the curriculum.
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. You’ll take on the role of the class teacher and take on wider responsibilities across the school, continuing to have coaching and mentoring from school staff.
At the end of stage three, you’ll source a two-week Transition placement. This placement 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.