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, creative practitioners through an on-going analysis of their own progress and development. All Associate Teachers follow a forward-thinking curriculum which focuses on the skills, knowledge and concepts related to effective learning and teaching and pedagogical development within the secondary classroom. Teaching is based on lectures, workshops, skills training and seminars with individual support through one-to-one and group tutorials forming an integral feature of the programme.
A blend of practical experience and theory gained during the PE course is assessed in a number of ways. Teaching knowledge, skills and understanding is monitored through lesson observations, professional learning conversations, reflective journals and progress review meetings together with a number of written academic assignments that focus on theory into practice and key aspects of pedagogical development. We work closely with Staffordshire University on our Masters 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.
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.