The course consists of university-based sessions and teaching practice in partner schools. While on teaching practice you will be supported by a professional mentor who focuses on induction and whole school issues and an experienced subject mentor who will give opportunities to improve your subject knowledge and hold weekly meetings with you to guide you in preparation, teaching and reflecting on your lessons.
You will visit a variety of schools, including secondary schools, an independent school, a college of further education and a school for pupils with special educational needs. The training is active, engaging and involves a range of school teaching contexts from financial capability, citizenship and enterprise education with younger pupils through to GCSE, A Level, vocational courses and International Baccalaureate with older students.
University tutors and school mentors work closely to support you and help you develop as a reflective practitioner. Trainee teachers receive a very high level of support, which is a real strength of the course.
During university-based sessions you will:
- Explore business and economics concepts by engaging with a range of activities
- Consider what effective learning and teaching looks like in a business and economics classroom through reflecting on your own learning and exploring research evidence
- Discuss the place of business and economics in the curriculum and the current issues within business and economics education
- Continue to develop your own subject knowledge throughout the course
Typical university sessions include presentations by tutors, some school teachers and (towards the later stages of the course) by fellow trainees, reflective workshops tasks for individuals, pairs and groups and investigative and creative tasks to take into school.
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An integral part of the course is to support you in gaining a post as a teacher. Each year around 50% of our trainees gain employment in our partnership schools. Newly Qualified Teachers have one of the highest employment rates of all graduates and are very much in demand. Employment rates over the past 5 years have consistently been 95%+. At the end of the course we will support you in your transition from the PGCE year into your first teaching post, and beyond.
You will be assessed on the basis of course work including written assignments, a resource task and an oral presentation of a small research project, as well as on your teaching practice.