This is a two year, part time Post Graduate Certificate in Education course (PGCE), validated by the University of Buckingham. Shire is accredited to offer training within the primary age range 3-11. Trainees choose to train within one of 3 age ranges: 3-7 (EYFS/KS1), 5-11 (KS1 and KS2) or 7-11 (LKS2 and UKS2).
On meeting all of the Teachers’ Standards you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). On successful completion of the academic course work you will be awarded 60 credits at Masters level.
We also offer the opportunity to follow a specialism option in mathematics, music, PE or science.
Trainees attend the course for 3 days a week (Monday - Wednesday), across the 2 years. Trainees will complete a total of 24 weeks of training within a school setting, undertaking teaching practices in two consecutive age phases and also school-based training.
In year 1 trainees undertake a mixture of centre and school based training. This will includes a formally assessed placement within their preferred age phase. Centre-based sessions focus on the core and foundation curriculum areas and professional studies. This training is based at Hillborough Junior School in Luton. Sessions also take place in other settings, including a special school. In addition there is the opportunity to focus on special educational needs and early reading through directed placements. Centre-based training takes place during the school day (9:15am - 4pm).
Year 2 will focus predominantly on school-based training, with two formally assessed teaching practices taking place. There will be some tutorials at the Shire base. Trainees will also complete their academic assignments within this year. You will be expected to attend school for the normal hours expected of a teacher, to allow you to meet with staff, attend relevant training and meetings, assess learning and prepare for lessons. This will vary across placement schools but is likely to be at least 8:15am - 4:30pm.
Centre-based tutors and the training managers are on-hand to offer guidance and support. Our Learning Platform provides a channel of communication as well as a range of support materials. Being based at our lead school allows trainees opportunities to work with teachers and pupils as an integral part of their centre-based training.
Shire has always been a school-centred provider, managed by head teachers, with training provided by outstanding current primary practitioners. This ensures that training is up-to-date and is relevant to current practice within schools.