The Physical Education (PE) PGCE course prepares Associate Teachers (ATs) to teach all areas of the PE National Curriculum at Secondary level and aims to prepare successful applicants to develop into reflective, proactive practitioners through an on-going analysis of their own progress. All ATs follow a core syllabus that focuses on the skills, knowledge and concepts related to effective learning and teaching within the secondary classroom.
An audit against Teachers’ Standards is completed at the start of the course and is used to help inform teaching provision and target setting to maximise progression and understanding. Teaching is based on lectures, workshops, skills training and seminars with individual support through tutorials forming an integral feature of the programme.
ATs are supported and encouraged to develop ideas in the delivery of the attainment targets in PE across all subject content areas in secondary education. The course reflects the very latest teaching ideas in PE, responding to the needs and changes both within Consortium schools and within the National Curriculum.
Course content for GCSE, A level, BTEC and leadership courses in PE and Sport are explored. The use of Information and Communication Technology is studied and utilised to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
A blend of practical experience and theory gained during the PGCE Physical Education course is assessed in a number of ways. Teaching knowledge, skills and understanding is monitored through the use of Teachers’ Standards Evidence Log compiled by the AT on a weekly basis, together with reflective commentary and the production of written academic assignments that focus on key aspects of pedagogical development.
The quality of relationships across the Consortium of schools is outstanding and is developed collaboratively at every stage to ensure that training is at the cutting edge of education. Effective communication is paramount to the continued success of this partnership, allowing WMC to map development needs with the best-placed partnership schools to ensure a tailored programme that is designed to suit all aspiring PE teachers.
WMC has established a fantastic reputation across the West Midlands. Historically, the majority of ATs have gained teaching posts before the end of their PGCE training period with a high percentage placed within partner schools. Headteachers frequently contact the Consortium directly when they have vacancies knowing that they can be confident of the quality of the AT that they are employing.