The English with Drama PGCE introduces students to the broad scope of English and Drama as curriculum subjects across the 11–16 age range. Along with practical knowledge, it offers perspectives on the role of language in learning, the teaching of literacies and literature, the principles of syllabus design and evaluation, and assessment and recording. The programme is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (2013).
This programme will develop an understanding of classroom practice and the theories underpinning teaching and learning in English, media and drama and students work with others to produce assessed theatre in education (TiE) presentations for children in partnership schools. This develops students understanding of how drama and theatre can be applied to teaching and learning.
Students on this PGCE will be joining the largest English PGCE programme in the country, allowing them to benefit from a team of tutors with unparalleled expertise in the subject. Students will also be able to develop supportive peer networks, sharing ideas and resources.
Sessions at the IOE are interactive and practical, and students will participate in a range of group and individual activities, some of which involve collaboration with schools and other organisations, for example Shakespeare’s Globe and the British Film Institute. The PGCE year ends with a Theatre in Education project that involves a tour to partnership schools.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two subject-related Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools. The programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.
Students will spend most of their time (up to 120 days) in schools, working with English and drama mentors who support you through your two school placements. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio.