This Ofsted outstanding course is full-time and lasts 40 weeks from September to July. It is delivered by a partnership of more than 40 schools covering 10 local authorities in the North East of England. John Spence Community High School; a Specialist Sports College, is the lead school.
The course consists of 4 inter-related modules:
You will gain teaching experience in 2 contrasting schools. Placement 1 starts in September with 2 serial days each week followed by an observation and planning period then a 6 week block between November and December. Placement 2 starts in January with 2 serial days each week followed by an observation and planning period then a 12 week block between February and June.
In this module you will develop your subject-specific knowledge and pedagogy. You will gain practical and theoretical experience in all areas of the National Curriculum for PE at KS3/KS4 and of examination PE at KS4/KS5. You will learn about safe practice, child development, how children learn, planning, adaptive practice, measuring progress, assessment, pedagogical theories to support practice, ICT to enhance learning and how literacy and numeracy can be incorporated into lessons. These sessions are delivered by expert colleagues from partnership schools.
In this module you will develop your knowledge of education through a programme of conference days focusing on topics that are at the forefront of policy and practice. These include; safeguarding and child protection, pastoral care, working with parents, behaviour management, pupil memory, assessment, inclusion, teaching and learning, character education, equality and diversity and literacy and numeracy across the curriculum. Time is also allocated to preparing for employment. These sessions are delivered by middle and senior leaders in partnership schools.
For this module you will carry out a small scale action research project during your final placement. You will agree a focus with your tutors based on an area of interest, a development need in your placement school or current research in PE.
Successful trainees exit the course with QTS plus a PGCE from Northumbria University. Placement performance is assessed against your mastery of the ITT curriculum and the teachers’ standards for the award of QTS. For the award of PGCE you will complete two coursework assignments plus your action research project and have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters credits.