The Newcastle Primary PGCE course allows you to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 credits towards a Master’s degree. This is an M level course with a duration of approximately 10 months full time.
Throughout our course, you will not only acquire a wide repertoire of teaching strategies, but you will also develop the skills, understanding and attitudes necessary to critically enquire into education, learning and teaching. In your development as a trainee teacher, you will become a researcher who is able to unite theory and practice, and who understands classroom practice within the wider socio-cultural, political and moral contexts of education. Our trainee teachers develop as thinking and transformative professionals and as confident communicators who can look forward to contributing positively to the teaching profession.
Central to the course is a consideration of the educational needs of children in relation to their intellectual, physical, cultural and social development. We also offer our trainees a number of innovative and highly regarded pedagogical approaches as part of the programme, for example Philosophy for Children. The development of an understanding of the diversity of pupils’ needs, social justice and ways in which education can maximise equity for all pupils are key elements of the course and provision for pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL) is rated very highly by our students. Our trainee teachers have the opportunity to work towards the prestigious IEDP award, accredited by the Institute for Equality and Diversity www.iedp.org.uk/accreditation.
We work in close partnership with schools in Tyneside, Durham and Northumberland and you will spend approximately 120 days of your course, typically in three different schools. This will give you a wide breadth of experience, which you will be able to share, reflect on and discuss with tutors and other trainees. We pride ourselves on the personal support given to our trainee teachers throughout the course.
Our trainee teachers achieve excellent results and rate our course very highly. By the end of the programme, most trainees demonstrate a high level of achievement, with the potential to be Outstanding. The majority of our trainee teachers secure employment, often within a school where they have trained.