We work closely with partnership school colleagues to support you in developing your professional practice, providing you with excellent opportunities to engage in wider professional issues relating to pedagogy and the curriculum. The combination of experienced university, school based and other external colleagues working in partnership, makes a powerful and inspiring teaching team for you.
You will be expected to critically engage with educational issues and develop as reflective practitioners, able to evaluate and adapt your practice to meet the needs of learners from diverse cultural backgrounds. The University provides a strong centre-based opportunity to develop and share good practice.
The key aim of the PGCE programme is to deliver a high quality current and relevant programme of training and education that equips you with the professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes that you need to become highly effective teachers (and leaders) with both a strong subject and wider professional identity. The programme combines school experience with taught academic sessions in order to achieve this. Academic assignments are designed to support your developing practice.
You will follow an ambitious curriculum that is underpinned by the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework and York St John Partnership five key themes, that has been designed to integrate theory and practice. You are supported throughout the programme to develop subject knowledge and your understanding of current educational policy and initiatives.
Throughout the programme there is strong support for you by both university and school-based staff and you also will benefit from the full range of university services (e.g. writing and academic support, wellbeing services, library and IT, careers etc.)
Your professional development will be underpinned throughout the course by essential theoretical knowledge. You will assess current research and developments at local, national and international levels, critically engaging with the educational issues which will shape your teaching practice.