Computing underlies most innovation today, providing twenty-first century skills and preparing pupils for one of the fastest growing occupations. Through studying computing, pupils will learn to innovate and create new technologies that will drive economies worldwide. It teaches pupils’ skills beyond the classroom and used across all curriculum areas. For pupils to fulfil their potential, including many of the most able, they need to be taught by confident and highly competent computer scientists.
If you have a genuine passion for computing, going into a secondary classroom, to teach that subject, can be a wondrous experience. Passing on a love of computing is wonderful, and many teachers realise that they can never be bored teaching with so much variety in the job. Teaching itself is never boring - the kids are so entertaining; they will always surprise you.
The PL SCITT computing course will provide you with a wealth of practical teaching experience, and is carefully designed to ensure you are prepared for your first lessons in the classroom. Our enhanced opportunities to experience EYFS and primary settings will give you a grounding in the teaching of computer science in secondary education.
We work in partnership with other SCITTs in the north west of England to provide the subject specific pedagogy that underpins your classroom practice. Specialist Practitioners in Education (SLEs) lead these sessions, which don’t just allow you to gain knowledge of the best practical teaching approaches but also give you the opportunity to share ideas with other trainees in a wide range of schools.
You will be assessed both for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and through written assignments for Post Graduate Certification (PGCE). They are separate awards however, and the whilst the QTS will be assessed by ourselves within the SCITT, the PGCE will be assessed by your university tutors.