The Tudor Grange SCITT computer science programme blends theory and practice, helping you to confidently develop your understanding and skills. All aspects of pedagogy will be covered, and you will have opportunities to watch outstanding practitioners demonstrating their skills in the classroom.
Educational theories are taught and practical application in the classroom is explored. The emphasis is on evaluation and reflection throughout to help you consider the relevance of these concepts, enabling you to discover more about the kind of teacher you want to be.
Teaching Computer Science will give you the unique, ambitious, and exciting opportunity to inspire today’s digital learners, giving them the tools to shape and influence the technological world of tomorrow. Computer Science is, above all, a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and application, and one which enables learners to look at the natural world through a digital prism. On the course, you will learn how to foster in students an understanding of how to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation; give students the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so; encourage the capacity to think creatively, logically and critically; as well as utilising underlying mathematical skills which are a key element of computational thinking.
The course content is wide ranging and you will learn about how to plan lessons specific to your subject to help all the young people in your classrooms make progress; how to enable positive behaviour in classrooms; and how to work with parents.
Feedback will be both formal and informal and always based around helping you to reflect on your own strengths and next steps. Trainees have regular collaborative progress checks and a scheduled weekly mentor meeting whilst on placement, so you can be sure that you will know how you’re doing at all times. The final recommendation for QTS is based around a combination of reports and your classroom practice.
As an accredited provider, we work in partnership with Birmingham City University for the PGCE element of the programme and all of the learning here is aimed at developing your pedagogical understanding. It is a complimentary programme, which enhances your classroom practice.