Wandsworth SCITT offers you a one year course leading to a Primary Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) validated by Kingston University. The course carries 60 Credits towards a Masters Degree.
Within the framework of the PGCE programme you can select either a General Primary (5-11) or Early Years (3-7) Pathway.
Trainees selecting the Early Years pathway are required to undertake school placements in both the Early Years and Key Stage 1. All trainees will undertake centre-based training which address pedagogy and curriculum across the 3-11 age phase and will have additional sessions in the specialist age-phase. Early Years trainees will visit a range of Wandsworth Foundation Stage settings. This will include school-based training at each of the three Wandsworth Nursery Schools (Somerset, Eastwood and Balham). All trainees will be qualified to teach across the primary phase as Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs).
The course is largely school-based, with approximately 24 weeks in school and 14 weeks on the taught course either at the St Mary’s RC Primary School base or in the other partnership schools (listed on Wandsworth SCITT website).
Tutors, classroom teachers and other educational professionals lead the taught course sessions. There will be regular opportunities for peer discussion, project work and evaluation of your school-based work.
You will experience teaching placements in two local primary schools during your training and will be supervised in each school by a trained mentor. In addition, you will have an initial two week observation placement at the start of the course.
A Course Director, with expert knowledge and experience of teacher education, and a specialist in SEN and Early Years education, will oversee and co-ordinate your training during the course under the direction of the Consortium Management Board. The Consortium Management Board is made up of representatives of the partnership, including head teachers, a lead Link Tutor and Quality Assurance Officer.
Your progress will be monitored and assessed through regular formal and informal monitoring of teaching competence against the framework of the Teachers’ Standards, leading to profile reviews and professional assignments, which will link education theory with your experience in the classroom.
The number of trainees obtaining jobs immediately after graduating, continues to remain higher than average when compared with other providers.