Some course details are below and further information is available via https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses-london/pgce-secondary-english/
Come and meet us. The university runs ‘Getting into Teaching’ open events every month. Book a place via https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/open-events. We also host a ‘drop in’ session on the ‘First Thursday’ of every month between 1.30-3pm at the university’s coffee shop.
We wish to recruit well-qualified graduates who are enthusiastic about teaching English to secondary school pupils. We are looking for applicants who can embrace creativity and innovation in their teaching whilst also seeking to meet the diverse needs of a range of children.
Teaching English is a wonderful profession where you are able to facilitate the development of a range of communication skills and the course will support you to develop literacy in all children, foster a passion for reading and facilitate critical analysis. You should be receptive to learning via collaborative working as much emphasis in your training on experiential learning and sharing of good practice.
The course is planned and delivered by course tutors with a strong teaching and academic background. Additional sessions are also delivered by specialist practitioners.
The course prepares you to teach English at key stages 3 and 4 in contrasting schools, with opportunities for you to explore provision at key stage 5 and key stage 2. At least 120 days are school-based on two contrasting placements with our partnership schools under the guidance of experienced mentors. The university tutor and link tutors work closely with you and your mentor whilst you are on school placement offering a dual model of support.
Assessment is completed through formative and summative assignments in university, and through an assessment profile on school placement which measures your progression against the Teachers’ Standards. In addition you will complete a portfolio of evidence to exemplify your best practice and which complements the assessment profile.
We have an online 8 week Subject Knowledge Enhancement course for applicants who need to deepen their own understanding of English before starting on the PGCE course. We would advise you to apply early if you might be in this position.
In general terms and throughout the course, your progress is monitored and supported by both University and Partnership school staff who have developed successful working relationships with previous cohorts.
St. Mary’s University has been graded “Outstanding” by Ofsted for the Secondary Initial Teacher Education programmes.