This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary English course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.
We recognise the importance of being able to teach children to think, create and explore the world through language and literature.
Training to teach English at the University of Reading is a dynamic, cutting edge and a ‘hands-on’ experience, which will enable you to share your passion for English with pupils, and develop professional skills so that you can become an excellent English teacher.
The course is linked with National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) and provides great networking and professional learning within a community of English teachers. This is at the heart of what we do.
We pride ourselves on the high quality of our teaching as support, and our blended course is a mix of university-based subject pedagogy sessions, Professional Studies and school experience. This consists of around 45 three hour taught subject sessions and 14 Professional Studies sessions over the course of the year.
Subject pedagogy sessions include:
- Teaching reading and literature
- Teaching writing
- Teaching talk and oracy
- Teaching grammar, vocabulary and spelling
- Teaching poetry
- Teaching media in English
- Teaching Shakespeare (including a trip to The Globe theatre)
- Planning, progress and assessment
- Teaching and using drama in English
- Differentiation in English
- Creativity in English
These sessions are taught by highly experienced university tutors, with additional guest presenters drawn from the IoE and a number of our Partnership schools.
Sessions are based on recent research and seek to give trainees the opportunity to explore the connections between research and practice in a collaborative and stimulating environment.
Trainees are fully supported in school by university-trained subject mentors, and their progress is monitored closely by university tutors. Outcomes for trainees are excellent and employment rates are excellent.
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