The Sussex Schools Partnership Primary PGCE course is offered as either a 1 year full-time programme or for 2 years part time.
Successful candidates will be awarded Qualified
Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits allowing progress onto our Part-time Masters in Education for newly qualified teachers.
The PGCE course enables you to develop your own philosophy of learning with an investigative, hands-on approach in which the children you teach are engaged through exploration and discovery. We encourage, challenge and support trainees helping to become effective, reflective teachers whose classroom practice puts children at the centre of a creative and engaging learning process.
The Sussex course integrates education theory and practice encouraging you to critically reflect on approaches to learning and teaching and develop a subject specialism. Over the year you will be placed in two different schools and required to pass both placements. Additional assessments are via a Masters level essay submitted in February and an innovative Viva style Masters level exit interview at the end of the course.
We have developed strong partnerships with primary schools who share our philosophy of a creative and reflective approach starting with the individual child and the environment. Teachers in these schools are key members of our training team and lead on many areas of this course.
The Sussex Primary course is unique in offering a very long first school placement of six months allowing you to really get to know your school and fully understand pupil progression. Your schools are carefully selected for you by the Primary Tutor team.
The shorter second placement builds on this by applying your skills and knowledge in another setting. You will also have opportunities to explore transition with time in key Stage 3 and Foundation Stage
You will attend an exciting full-time three week induction course on our campus during September in preparation for starting your school placement.
Full-time candidates then spend Monday to Thursday each week training school and attending the University Campus on Fridays for lectures, workshops and seminars with our team of experienced primary tutors.
Part-time candidates also attend the university on Fridays but train for two days a week in school in year 1 and three days in year 2 with days individually negotiated with your school.
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