The Primary General PGCE course prepares Associate Teachers (ATs) to teach all areas of the National Curriculum at primary 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, and beyond, the classroom.
We organise the course to provide you with an in-depth understanding of a range of teaching, learning and educational experiences to inform both your training and pedagogical development. You will benefit not only from highly experienced Course Leaders who are at the forefront of developments in education but also from the specialist support and expertise of practising teachers and senior leaders.
The programme follows the three school term year, with two teaching placements taking place during the course. At the beginning of the Autumn Term, an intensive training period takes place to prepare Associate Teachers for their first experience in school. Placement A consists of three days a week teaching, Placement B increases to four days and, during the final term, you will benefit from spending five days per week in your placement school.
A blend of practical experience and theory gained during the course is assessed in a number of ways. Teaching knowledge, skills and understanding is monitored through the use of Progress Portfolio 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 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.