This course aims to enable you to meet, and exceed, the Teacher Standards’ criteria as set out by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for teaching across the primary phase of education through:
- Exploring how learning links to the development of ourselves as teachers and the pupils with whom we work;
- Harnessing the power of research and professional knowledge as a key part of our own reflective practice and theory building;
- Promoting creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning;
- Taking account of the role of education in developing the whole person by modelling a reflective and enquiry based approach to learning, promoting learning in a broad range of local, national and international contexts and exploring sustainability as a key feature of learning for the present and the future; and by promoting core educational values such as honesty, compassion, integrity and the pursuit of wisdom;
- Promoting equality of opportunity in all learning environments;
- Monitoring, evaluating and assessing the impact of the learning environment on all learners;
- Providing individual support and development for learners based on their individual needs and endeavours to build respectful learning communities.
This means that the course will not restrict you to a limited age-range for your career, and it will help in preparing you to teach all subjects of the primary curriculum.
The course will support you in meeting the NCTL requirement to teach across two consecutive age-phases, and within two different school settings.
The course will also encourage you to be able to start moulding specific interests for your intended career. For example, you will be able to request whether to be based with 3-7, 7-9 or 9-11 age-phase for some professional placements and you will have opportunity to select from a range of module options for your Enhanced Study. Similarly, there will be opportunity within the programme to apply for a professional placement in a SEN school.
Please note that all such requests cannot be guaranteed, but they will be taken into consideration when allocating students to placement offers received from schools.
There is in addition an opportunity to express a specific interest with foreign languages at the time of your application (separate application code). By doing so, you will still be aiming towards the same PGCE Primary qualification but will have some additional opportunities to engage with foreign language learning and teaching during the main programme.
This includes an automatic place on the ‘Languages in the Primary Curriculum’ Enhanced Study module option. It includes, at the time of writing, priority opportunity for a self-funded two-week research placement offered as part of this module option, in Germany, France and Spain.
We are also currently able to support a year-long subscription to an online language enhancement programme. The precise nature of such enhanced languages opportunities may vary from those stated here, depending on any unforeseen changing contexts that our partners, or indeed we ourselves may subsequently experience. Every endeavour will of course be taken to ensure such enrichment opportunities for languages are however maintained.
The School of Teacher Education and Development, within which this course resides, enjoys a strong partnership with local primary schools and early years settings. They are fully involved in all aspects of the programme, including recruitment and selection, course planning and development, leading support for your progress against the Teacher Standards when you are on placement, and grading you against the Teacher Standards.