The Tudor Grange SCITT English 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, therefore enabling you to discover more about the kind of teacher you want to be.
Teaching English allows us to cultivate the creativity and curiosity of students, as they seek to navigate the text-rich world around them. We focus on enriching their imaginations with the range of reading we introduce them to, and the variety of opportunities for meaningful writing and talk. We build their cultural capital in the curriculum choices we make, so they become knowledgeable, skillful, confident, and prepared for success in adult life . We advocate criticality as a fundamental skill for approaching their learning: from questioning the reliability of a narrator, to evaluating the best ways to argue for an unfamiliar audience. Our subject studies sessions will help to immerse you in the subject-specific pedagogy that will make you a highly effective English teacher. Your English Subject Leader will work directly with you to support your subject knowledge, and to develop your own unique teaching style, building on your own skills, experiences and preferences.
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 the learning here is aimed at developing your pedagogical understanding. It is a complimentary programme, which enhances your classroom practice.