This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary History 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.
Our History programme is designed to develop practitioners so that they can excel in any teaching context. A love of history is at the heart of what we do and is evident in all aspects of the training year.
We ensure that the right space and guidance is there for trainees who arrive with differing experiences of history and education so that everyone can develop the right subject knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge.
- how to teach pupils about causation, change and continuity, similarity and difference, and difficult concepts
- how to develop pupils’ evidential thinking and chronological understanding
- how to make big decisions about what history to teach and when to teach it. In order to do this, the history tutors team work closely with mentors in schools, including school visits and training to ensure our high professional standards are maintained.
On this programme we collaborate with the Department of History at Whiteknights Campus. Throughout the year, a range of historians give sessions to help trainees engage with the academic discipline while bringing the contemporary historical discourse into the classroom. In recent years, these historians have included Dr Jacqui Turner, Prof. Lindy Grant, Dr Richard Blakemore and Prof. Rebecca Rist.
As part of the training year, we work with a range of specialists to help develop trainee thinking. Recently these have included the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, the National Archives, and the Citizens Project at Royal Holloway.
Furthermore we organise trips to consider history learning in different contexts, as well as the value of local history and leading effective trips. In 2019 our cohort spent days at Windsor Castle, where they drew upon the Royal Archives and an exclusive tour, and the Museum of English Rural Life.
Our course combines research and practice from the very beginning, developed through a huge amount of classroom-based teaching and subsequent reflection, which has led to it receiving exceptional student evaluations and exemplary praise from external examiners.
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