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The Primary Education (Policy and Practice) MA meets the rapidly changing needs of professionals educating young children, in examining critically the bases for current practices in primary schools, providing insight into international developments in primary education and in offering opportunities to work with leading researchers and practitioners in the field. Read more

The Primary Education (Policy and Practice) MA meets the rapidly changing needs of professionals educating young children, in examining critically the bases for current practices in primary schools, providing insight into international developments in primary education and in offering opportunities to work with leading researchers and practitioners in the field.

About this degree

The Primary Education (Policy and Practice) MA offers opportunities to engage with the latest research and international debate concerning curriculum, pedagogy and assessment and its implications for professional practice in primary education. Students will develop knowledge and skills to evaluate and conduct educational research related to their professional interests and develop their own perspectives as leaders in primary education.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), and either a dissertation (60 credits) and one optional module (30 credits), or a report (30 credits) and two optional modules (60 credits). Some modules are available to study remotely.

Core modules

  • Futures for Policy and Practice in Primary Education
  • Researching Early Years and Primary Education
  • What is Education?

Optional modules

A range of optional modules is available to students each year. Students can select optional modules to reflect their personal and professional interests. Recommended modules taken by students in recent years include:

  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Primary Education
  • Literacy Development
  • Children's Rights in Practice
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism

Other modules are also possible - please contact the programme leader,, for advice.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project in primary education (policy and practice). The project culminates in a dissertation of 20,000 words or a report of 10,000 words on a topic agreed with their tutor.

Teaching and learning

A range of learning and teaching approaches is employed across the programme, including lectures, student presentations, group discussion, directed reading/writing tasks and contributions to the Virtual Learning Environment, designed to promote active engagement and capitalise on participants' diverse backgrounds. Student performance is assessed through coursework assignments and the dissertation/report.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Primary Education (Policy and Practice) MA

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working in a broad range of careers, both nationally and internationally. Many have leadership roles in schools, for example as school mentors for early career teachers, subject leaders, phase co-ordinators, assistant head teachers or head teachers. Others work as education advisers and consultants across a range of schools or as inspectors and policymakers at both local and national levels. Graduates can also be found working as researchers, lecturers and teacher educators in higher education and in educational services outside schools such as museums, publishing or children's support services.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Curriculum Co-ordinator, Unspecified School
  • International School Teacher, Unspecified International School
  • Preparatory School Teacher (Deputy Head of Pre-Prep), Unspecified School

Employability

Participation in the programme fosters the development of a number of key skills and personal qualities important in a range of professional contexts including:

  • independence and self-direction in learning - important in continuing professional development in a fast-changing educational climate
  • ability to examine complex issues systematically and critically - in the context of rapid policy change and increasing requirements for accountability
  • exercise of initiative and creativity - in interpreting policy and research in particular local contexts to enhance the quality of learning and teaching
  • skills in communication both orally and in writing to varied audiences - children, educators, parents, governors, policymakers.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Learning and Leadership at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has developed an internationally recognised reputation for early childhood and pre-school and primary education studies.

The department has a vibrant teaching programme, providing opportunities for specialist study of early years and primary education in initial teacher education and at graduate and doctoral levels. It offers a range of enriching events including research seminars and conferences in the field.

In all its work, the department is strongly committed to working in partnership with government agencies, education authorities, schools, early years and community groups and other departments within the IOE.



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The PGCE Primary Education course will allow you to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 to enable you to kick-start your career in teaching. Read more
The PGCE Primary Education course will allow you to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 to enable you to kick-start your career in teaching.

caption: Primary Education PGCE school placement.Accredited by Ofsted as a category A programme – the highest grading possible – This course is highly valued by employers and celebrates a 98% employment rate within six months of completion.

School based placements form a large part of the PGCE and you will complete a series of these over the course of your training.

Successful completion of the PGCE Primary Education course will provide you with Qualified Teacher Status. This allows you to immediately begin working in a school or other educational establishment.

Our Initial Teacher Education courses have been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted for the last 14 years.

Learn From The Best

The PGCE Primary Education course is delivered by our team of highly experienced tutors who boast extensive experience in teaching and education. Our team have worked in schools and organisations at a local, national and international level.

Actively participating in projects that are defining the education sector, our staff are also involved in wide range of additional activities such as research, the writing of books and articles, delivering further training to experienced teachers and participating in initiatives to improve the quality of education.

This course requires you to spend a significant amount of time in our partnership schools, where you will receive additional support and mentoring from experienced teachers and senior leaders. You will also be assigned to a link tutor who will support both you and your school-based mentors to ensure that your school experience fully develops your skills as a teacher.

Teaching And Assessment

This course is delivered via a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops to provide you with opportunities to develop your theory and practical skills, whilst reflecting on your school-based experiences.

Placements will form a large part of your learning and throughout the duration of your course you will undertake two assessed placements within our partnership schools. Arranged by Northumbria University, your placements will cover a wide range of activities including group and individual tasks, observation and the planning and delivery of lessons.

This course is assessed via a range of methods that include written assignments, presentations, reflective personal portfolios and school-based assessments related to the planning and conduct of teaching a lesson. These methods will enable you to demonstrate that you have met the requirements to achieve PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status, aligned to the Teachers’ Standards 2012.

Module Overview
TE6680 - Curriculum, Creativity & Challenge (NC, 30 Credits)
TE6681 - Primary Professional Practice (NC, 30 Credits)
TE7057 - Professionalism & Inclusive Practice (NC, 30 Credits)
TE7058 - Learning, Teaching & Assessment in Core Curriculum (NC, 30 Credits)

Learning Environment

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities such as our University library – which has been recognised as second best in the UK – and well equipped working space, The Hub, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Your experience will be enhanced by technology and through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard you will be able to access student support and other key University systems through your personal account.

This innovative use of technology is embedded throughout your course to create a learning community that is professional, collaborative and well informed.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning is embedded in throughout this course, with themes such as practitioner enquiry, curriculum design and reading intervention forming just a sample of the research-based learning themes covered.

You will be able to draw on our research-led teaching approaches and embark on a process where critical, analytical thinking and self-reflection are central to the development of your knowledge and understanding of learning, teaching and the professional role of a teacher.

This approach to enquiry will ensure your understanding of current practice and developments is at the forefront of the education sector.

Give Your Career An Edge

You will leave with a strong understanding of teaching, and the ability to appreciate the wider expectations associated with this profession. Your placements will provide practical experience and a strong grounding of the roles and responsibility of a teacher, which is integral when applying for future positions.

The Individual Learning and Development Plan (ILDP) and career entry development profile – both of which are incorporated into this course - will directly support your early career learning and enable you to seek out opportunities that may lead to school leadership roles.

This course is fully compliant with the requirements for initial teacher training as defined by National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) – the national awarding body.

Northumbria’s education courses are ranked 12th in the Sunday Times University Guide 2016, an increase of seven places from 2015.

Your Future

Completion of this course provides you with an excellent introduction to primary education teaching and the opportunity to enter a hugely rewarding profession.

When applying for your first job you will have access to the expertise of school leaders, who will support you throughout the initial application process.

Students who complete this course benefit from high employment rates and most often secure teaching roles in environments such as schools, nurseries, local authority and private early years settings.

Graduates may also take advantage of opportunities further afield and gain employment teaching abroad.

Around 50% of our graduates typically secure their first teaching before completion of their course, with this figure increasing to 90% within three months of graduation.

Successful completion of the Primary Education PGCE will also support your further study should you wish to progress to a master’s qualification.

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If you wish to communicate your enthusiasm of learning with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively. Read more

If you wish to communicate your enthusiasm of learning with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education Primary Education offers initial teacher education to develop reflective teachers who care about pupils’ development and who understand how to ensure pupil progression. You will focus on the teaching of the National Curriculum for primary schools and specialise in teaching Key Stages 1 and 2.

This course is designed to meet the NCTL Teaching Standards which assesses all trainees working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is practically based, with a strong theoretical back up and will also make you fully aware of recent educational developments such the National Primary Strategy and Every Child Matters.

We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training students in Primary Education within the Institute of Education.

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards our Masters degrees in the field of education.

PRIMARY EDUCATION Frequently Asked Questions

This is NOT an appropriate training course for applicants who wish to teach in Secondary schools or Post Compulsory Education establishments.

What happens on the course?

Over the one year course, you will undertake University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you will spend at least 120 days divided between two different schools across the 3-11 age range within the Primary age phase.

Learning is through experience, exploration and research, and is technology supported - you will also be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course.

All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development/.

Typical modules may include:

  • An Introduction to Foundation Subjects and RE
  • Developing Information and Communication Technology Skills for the Primary School Classroom
  • Primary English
  • Placements in two Primary Schools
  • Primary Maths
  • Primary Professional Studies
  • Primary Science

PGCE: programme structure

Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.

120 days (24 weeks) of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools.

We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools. Support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.

Career path

Successful completion of the PGCE Primary Education course leads to recommendation to NCTL for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will then allow you to take up a teaching post within a primary school.

A national survey conducted by the Centre for Education and Employment Research has ranked Wolverhampton as the second most successful UK Higher Education Institute for graduate teacher training employment

88% of primary NQTs in 2012 rated the overall quality of their training as very good or good.

Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education which can be continued within your NQT year.

Find out more about further study that can be taken after completing this PGCE award.

What skills will you gain?

Successful completion of the PGCE Primary Education course leads to recommendation to NCTL for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will then allow you to take up a teaching post within a primary school. You will be prepared to teach pupils in the 3-11 age range within the primary age phase with alternative education setting enhancement.

This course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching in two separate schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development.

Who accredits this course?

This course leads to recommendation towards the professional qualification of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.

The award of QTS is essential to teach in a school in the United Kingdom and on gaining this award the student becomes a qualified teacher.



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This route is for practitioners and other professionals at various stages in their careers who are committed to improving the education of young children. Read more
This route is for practitioners and other professionals at various stages in their careers who are committed to improving the education of young children. It is designed to enable you to enhance your educational practice through reflection, study and practical research and will give you the opportunity to:

- Carry out individual and collaborative critical enquiry into significant educational issues and practice
- Critically engage with the best quality national and international educational research that has relevance to primary education
- Develop current or personal priorities in the primary curriculum (such as "Inclusion", "Leadership" or "Assessment for Learning") in ways that are theory and research-informed and school or classroom-based
- Develop your thinking in order to contribute to informed policy and practice analysis and improvement in the primary phase.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmeepe

Course detail

Pairs of the following modules are taught in alternate years:

- Critical perspectives on Primary Education
- Themes and challenges throughout primary education
- Teaching and Learning within the Primary School
- The School as a Community.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

- a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
- demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
- shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
- demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Format

The course is composed of two key elements: (i) the research methods training course and (ii) the 'Primary Education' thematic route. Teaching time is split between the two elements, with 32 hours of teaching being given to research methods and 64 hours being given to the subject specific content. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and individual supervisions.

Written feedback is provided on the thesis by two independent assessors. Informally, feedback will also be provided through regular supervisions. Supervisors are required to provide a report on student progress which can be viewed by the student through CGSRS.

Assessment

Thesis: Up to 20,000 words.

Students following the two year MEd programme are required to submit the following in Year 1:
Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words.
Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the Master of Education to PhD or Ed D are required to achieve:

1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.
Or
2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty is pleased to say that, in general, education students are successful in most of the funding competitions, and, in a typical year, will host students who have been awarded funding from all of the major funding bodies.

In addition, a number of Colleges have their own scholarships/bursaries, but these will be restricted to College members. Finally, it is important to note that deadlines for scholarships and bursaries are early, so applicants are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities as soon as possible - at least a year in advance of the start of the course.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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Our PGCE Primary Education with QTS programme is a school-based partnership, combining on-campus study with training in placement schools and settings. Read more
Our PGCE Primary Education with QTS programme is a school-based partnership, combining on-campus study with training in placement schools and settings.

The PGCE will train you to teach across the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 2 and achieve the Teachers’ Standards. You will receive a high quality training experience and learn the latest approaches and strategies necessary to fully prepare you for your first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

During the programme you will study a breadth of subjects, including all of the National Curriculum subjects. Through a focus on evidence-based research, you will specialise in one of the following: Computing; English; Humanities and Creative Arts; Mathematics; Modern Languages; Physical Education; Science; Special Educational Needs/Disabilities. We strongly recommend an early application as there is high demand for places.

What will I study?

This PGCE consists of three main elements.

- Academic and Professional Development – gaining knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ, you will develop the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and classroom management. You will also gain an understanding of the education system, consider the wider professional role of a teacher, and learn how to reflect upon and take responsibility for your professional development;

- Curriculum Subject Knowledge – working with expert tutors, you will acquire essential subject knowledge for the Primary National Curriculum. Exploring a range of teaching methods, including the use of ‘new’ technologies, you will be guided in how to provide children with stimulating, imaginative and effective learning experiences;

- Specialism – you will identify a specific focus of personal interest relevant to current issues, initiatives and discussions within your chosen specialism. You will conduct a literature review and develop proposals for school improvement.

How will I study?

A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, together with practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you the knowledge and skills you need to become an excellent teacher. A substantial amount of face-to-face contact time with specialist tutors will be facilitated across all Primary National Curriculum subjects. You will be supported by online and distance learning materials and encouraged to develop key skills, including the use of technology, to support your own learning.

You will also spend a significant amount of time in schools in a variety of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes during the programme. Progressing from teaching small groups with a partner to teaching a full class on your own as you become more confident in the classroom, you will observe outstanding teachers in action and learn from high quality training in schools.

Undertaking a range of differentiated training experiences closely linked to your individual targets, you will develop your role as a classroom teacher, assuming greater responsibility for the class as you move through the programme.

How will I be assessed?

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the Professional Standards for QTS.

You will also complete:

- Edge Hill subject knowledge audits in English and Mathematics;
- A Career Entry Development Profile (CEDP) which serves as a bridge between your PGCE programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught in University and on professional practice in schools by a range of highly qualified and experienced teachers and tutors who are dedicated to excellence in Primary education and who will model high quality practice to enable you to develop your own teaching style.

What are my career prospects?

Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain a recommendation for QTS and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher within a Primary school.

Our graduates obtain work in schools across the UK and abroad and we offer excellent support to help you gain your first teaching post. You will have an ability to teach in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 in Primary schools, a strong knowledge of Primary education and excellent classroom skills, so that you meet and exceed the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

You will also have a thorough understanding of how to teach the Primary curriculum in creative ways that excite and stimulate children whilst ensuring that they make good progress. In addition, you will have comprehensive knowledge of your specialist subject and be well placed to take a leadership role in school. Skills in monitoring and managing your own development, together with an ability to reflect on alternative approaches to education, will help you to make your own informed choices and aid your career progression.

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Manchester Metropolitan University has a national reputation for initial teacher education which has been established over 100 years. Read more
Manchester Metropolitan University has a national reputation for initial teacher education which has been established over 100 years. Our Department of Primary Teacher Education has a team of over 40 primary teaching staff who between them have expertise in all primary curriculum subjects, enabling us to offer a wide range of specialisms. The majority of teaching staff are actively involved in research, linked to our Education and Social Research Institute, one of the leading UK centres for educational research. We have an Initial Teacher Education Partnership with over 500 primary schools and strong community links across the North West region, ensuring we can offer our trainees a diverse range of placement experiences.

Our aim is to train confident teachers and reflective practitioners who will have strong prospects for employment and career progression. Trainees have access to Manchester Met's dedicated Careers and Employability Service and within the PGCE programme are supported in securing their first teaching appointment.

After graduation we continue to provide support and advice to our Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), including online resources, conferences and peer networking.

Our full-time PGCE Primary Education provides intensive training leading to Qualified Teacher Status ('QTS') for early years establishments and primary schools in the 3-7, 7-11 or 5-11 age range.

School-based training is combined with taught sessions at university and independent study. Applicants can choose our University-led ('Core') PGCE training route, or one of our School-led ('School Direct') routes, both of which lead to QTS. We work in partnership with 18 school alliances in the North West of England to offer School Direct places (salaried and non-salaried).

University-led ('Core') route

Trainees typically spend around 12 weeks in university during the year, including a block at the start of the course, combined with at least 120 days of school-based training, in at least two different schools. Manchester Met organises placements.

School-led ('School Direct') route

Trainees are attached to a lead school within an alliance of schools - Manchester Met works in partnership with 18 school alliances across the North West region. Depending on the term times of the school(s) involved they will typically spend around 30 weeks in school and around four weeks in university for taught sessions. Placements are organised by the lead school.

On both routes trainees will experience school-based training in at least two different schools, and have the opportunity to undertake an inclusion placement with a focus on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). The School-led also includes a visit to a Key Stage 3 setting. Throughout the PGCE trainees are supported by a personal tutor, experienced teaching staff and mentors in university and at school.

Candidates can apply for both School Direct and University PGCE routes; both have the same entry requirements. Successful completion of either route includes 60 Masters level credits.

Early Years route (Manchester only)

This route mirrors the PGCE Primary Education programme, with an Early Years focus. Completing this course will enable practitioners to teach in both the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

Applications for PGCE routes starting in September 2017 should be made online via UCAS Teacher Training which is expected to open in late October this year. Early application is recommended as places are limited. Please check our entry requirements before applying.

Assessment Only Route to QTS in Primary sector

Experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification to gain Qualified Teacher Status may be eligible for this route. It will suit those who have taught in at least two schools or colleges, and who have substantial experience in two consecutive age ranges. It is not sufficient for candidates only to have experience of two schools.

Important information

Manchester Metropolitan University has been undertaking a review of the long-term future of academic provision at its Cheshire campus. It has now been confirmed that the University will withdraw from the Cheshire campus. This means that we expect the campus to close in the summer of 2019.

As the withdrawal from the campus will be a phased process we are still pleased to receive applications for one year full time postgraduate taught courses starting in 2017 on the Cheshire campus. We also continue to welcome applications for part time postgraduate courses of two years in duration in the Exercise and Sport Science department starting in 2017. Applications for courses that are expected to take longer than two years to complete are currently on hold.

Features and benefits of the course

-Choice of location - Manchester or Cheshire* for PGCE Primary Education. Early Years route also available at Manchester
-Choice of University led or School Direct routes
-Strong mentor and tutor support for trainees' personal, academic and professional needs (identified as a key strength by Ofsted in their 2015 inspection)
-Varied placement opportunities, including opportunity to do an inclusion placement with SEND focus
-Research-led teaching
-NQT support and opportunities for continuing professional development at Manchester Met
-Assessment Only route to QTS available for experienced, but unqualified teachers

Placement options

Manchester Met organises placements for trainees on our University-led ('Core') PGCE route through our extensive Initial Teacher Education Partnership. Our Partnership vision is to train 'outstanding, critically-literate professional teachers who will challenge and inspire their learners'.

The schools we work with share our commitment to aspiration and excellence, with a focus on strong mentor training and support for trainees. There is also an emphasis on national priorities, including behaviour management, literacy and numeracy.

Our partner schools cover a wide geographical area and diversity of social, economic and cultural backgrounds, ranging across inner city, suburban and rural settings, enabling us to offer our trainees a broad range of placement opportunities.

We organise placements starting with the trainee's term-time postcode and matching this with placement offers from schools. Trainees are expected to travel up to 90 minutes each way from where they live and to arrive in school 45 minutes before the school day commences. We take into consideration special circumstances, such as disabilities, cultural requirements and medical conditions. In addition, we match carefully to ensure a breadth of experience across different key stages.

Trainees spend at least 120 days on contrasting placements in two schools related to the two age phases of their particular route through the course, with time spent in each key stage/phase. They are attached to each school for a substantial period of time and expected to engage in the full life of the school.

In their first placement trainees gain experience across the full age range of the school and teach in one class for an extended period, taking increased responsibility for that class.

They then begin to teach a range of curriculum areas, as well as gaining an understanding of cross-curricular themes.
The second placement focuses on the whole curriculum and extended management of the classroom in order to meet the requirements for the Teachers' Standards.

Trainees are required to pass both periods of school-based training.

School Direct trainees will undertake teaching practice at their lead school and other schools within the alliance. Placements are organised by the lead school.

All trainees are supported in various ways whilst on placement:
-Every trainee has a personal tutor - this is the tutor who knows the trainee best at university and will usually teach them for some aspects of their studies. Personal tutors write trainee references for employment. For School-led routes the school writes a reference.
-Every trainee is allocated a visiting tutor whilst on placement. This tutor supports the school when assessing the trainee's progress and do do this observes each trainee teaching.
-Every trainee has a school mentor, this may be their class teacher or someone in the school who oversees placements
-Often there are multiple trainees on placement in each school, providing an inbuilt support network

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This route is for practitioners and other professionals at various stages in their careers who are committed to improving the education of young children. Read more
This route is for practitioners and other professionals at various stages in their careers who are committed to improving the education of young children. It is designed to enable you to enhance your educational practice through reflection, study and practical research and will give you the opportunity to:

- Carry out individual and collaborative critical enquiry into significant educational issues and practice
- Critically engage with the best quality national and international educational research that has relevance to primary education
- Develop current or personal priorities in the primary curriculum (such as "Inclusion", "Leadership" or "Assessment for Learning") in ways that are theory and research-informed and school or classroom-based
- Develop your thinking in order to contribute to informed policy and practice analysis and improvement in the primary phase.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmpepe

Course detail

Pairs of the following modules are taught in alternate years:

- Critical perspectives on Primary Education
- Themes and challenges throughout primary education
- Teaching and Learning within the Primary School
- The School as a Community.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

- a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
- demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
- shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
- demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Format

The Primary Masters modules are taught by means of a combination of lectures, seminars, reading groups, workshops and student presentations. Self-directed study includes pre-session readings, preparation for presentations, and practical research activities.

All students also attend educational research methods sessions as part of either the Research Methods Strand (MEd students) or the Educational Research route (MPhil students).

Each term, written work is submitted and formative feedback is provided. Informally, feedback will also be provided through regular supervisions (three times a term). At the end of each term, supervisors are required to provide a report on student progress which can be viewed by the student through CGSRS.

Assessment

- Thesis: Up to 20,000 words.
- Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words.
- Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the MPhil in Education to PhD are required to achieve:

1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.
Or
2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty is pleased to say that, in general, education students are successful in most of the funding competitions, and, in a typical year, will host students who have been awarded funding from all of the major funding bodies.

In addition, a number of Colleges have their own scholarships/bursaries, but these will be restricted to College members. Finally, it is important to note that deadlines for scholarships and bursaries are early, so applicants are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities as soon as possible - at least a year in advance of the start of the course.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education.  . will enable you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales. Read more

The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education will enable you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales. It is designed to enable you to become a reflective, confident practitioner having acquired a range of skills and expertise. Rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2013, this is a course which offers high quality training and support as well as excellent employment prospects.

Like a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but it also offers the equivalent of 120 credits and these may be used towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Additionally, the School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.

Course details

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering ITE primary courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. 

As well as offering outstanding teacher training courses, we are one of the few universities that awards 120 credits for successful completion of our courses, which we award at Masters level. For those who successfully complete their induction year there is an opportunity to transfer credits to the MA Teaching Studies course, which is awarded on completion of a 60 credit dissertation. 

The primary programmes meet all aspects of government requirements for Initial Teacher Training. We are able to offer applicants a choice of two routes, so that you can prepare as a teacher across the full 5–11 age range or specialise instead in early years teaching (3–7 age range). Both programmes last for 38 weeks; the equivalent of 19 of which will be spent in schools.

Programme content 

General Primary programme 

Students on the General Primary (5–11 years) programme follow a range of courses that address the statutory curricula for the core and foundation subjects alongside Professional Studies, which considers whole school issues.

Early Years programme 

This programme allows you to focus your training on work with children aged from three to seven years of age. You spend time in nursery classes, as well as teaching children of school age in both Reception and Key Stage 1 classes. You follow the same range of courses as those on the General Primary programme, in addition to an advanced study of early years education.

Both of these programmes will qualify you to teach children aged 3 - 11 years.

School-based experiences are a central part of these programmes, with an opportunity for you to experience a range of ages within different schools. Both programmes also feature a range of professional courses to help you plan, teach, and develop your classroom skills. The programmes are designed, in conjunction with partnership schools, to meet the Teachers' Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The high quality personalised support, ensures that the majority of our students exceed the teachers's standards at an outstanding level (Ofsted report 2013).

Related teaching programmes

We also offer the alternative School Direct route into primary teaching. If you are interested in teaching young children, but would prefer to train as a mathematics specialist, information may be found on our Primary Education (SSPIP) in Mathematics course page and if you would prefer to teach older pupils, information on our Secondary courses may be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education course page.

Learning and teaching

The primary course is designed in conjunction with our school based partnership, we have a full time team of specialist tutors and centre-based training takes place in spacious rooms that provide a learning environment tailored to promoting high quality primary practice. 

Employability

The Primary and Early Years course works closely with the University careers service and local councils in order to provide you with support for the job application process. Our success rate for student completion of our courses and subsequent employment in schools has remained consistently high. Our employement rate for 2016 - 2017 was 99%.  The vast majority of our students gain employment in the local region, many of them choosing to remain in partnership schools.

Read what student Mikala Moore-Haines says about the PGDipEd (PGCE Advanced) in Early Years course. Why she decided to become a teacher, what she enjoys about the training and some of the challenges.  



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Primary Education at Winchester provides students with the opportunity to gain a degree and recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the same time. Read more
Primary Education at Winchester provides students with the opportunity to gain a degree and recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the same time. The programme is constantly reviewed to ensure students are equipped with the most up-to-date developments in primary education. The University has a strong reputation for teacher training. In 2010, Ofsted judged the provision as 'Outstanding', stating that students “display impressive levels of confidence and understanding about how to be effective teachers”.

Programme Content

MEd (Hons) Primary Education aims to produce critically reflective practitioners able to understand the complexities and tensions in providing education for the twenty-first century, whilst ensuring compliance with the latest requirements of the Department for Education.

The breadth of the programme covering the core curriculum subjects, full range of foundation subjects and specialist subject study ensures that the programme is demanding but thorough and meets the needs of primary schools.

In Year 2, Semester 2, students have the opportunity to select a three- or four-year route. They will be supported in their decisions at this stage. This allows students time to experience both the taught programme and teaching in schools before selection, and addresses personal preferences for both academic and professional development opportunities.

The four-year route is also available to students who wish to enhance and enrich their professional practice and achieve QTS in Year 4. The fourth year is an opportunity to gain up to 120 Level 7 Masters Credits, which, if achieved, qualifies students for the award of MEd before taking up employment in a first teaching post. If students select the four-year route, the Honours classification of their award will be determined by their achievements in the final two years.

The programme aims are addressed through three key interdisciplinary themes, chosen for their relevance to the graduate primary teacher:
- Identity
- Perspectives
- Relationships

The three interrelated themes provide a unifying structure, to a professional educational programme, which combines the development of effective and skilled practice with analytical awareness. The programme's approach is underpinned by consideration of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Students are nurtured to reflect on their educational values as they develop into enthusiastic, creative and respectful educators, equipped to engage with wider aspects of schooling such as citizenship and sustainability.

Students are prepared to teach primary school children. They follow a core programme that includes both theoretical and practical issues relating to teaching in primary schools.

- Professional Studies encourages students to consider theoretical underpinnings of education and how they impact on children's learning and teachers' practice.

- Curriculum Studies explores the range of subjects taught in primary schools and the discrete and interrelated aspects of a broad and balanced curriculum.

- School-based Experiences include a variety of placements organised by the University which are supported through University and school-based staff to ensure the growth and development of skilled practitioners. The University has an ever-widening partnership of schools, which give students excellent opportunities to undertake school experiences within and beyond the region. Placements are developmental and progressive ranging from short visits to sustained placements in educational settings. Students are also encouraged to arrange additional self-directed placements in settings such as museums, galleries and residential centres to augment their range of experience - overseas placements are possible. This ability to personalise a professional portfolio in both breadth and depth enables students to meet their own needs and follow areas of particular interest.

- Specialist Subject Studies
Specialist Subjects allow study of a chosen area in greater depth and enable future contributions to the development of the subject either as a member of teaching staff or as a subject leader within an early years setting or primary school. This programme offers a wide choice of specialisms, the indicative range includes Art, Early Years, English, French, Geography, History, ICT, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science and Special Educational Needs. Students who follow the Early Years specialism engage in modules that explore the development of young children (3-7 years).

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/med-hons-primary-education-with-recommendation-for-qualified-teacher-status-4-years.aspx

Learning and Teaching

The MEd course has both academic and professional requirements. Although the majority of placement hours are reflected in the block placement modules, every module has applied hours that enable students to relate theory to practice. These applied hours are allocated to each module as placement related activity to reinforce the links between theory and practice; in some cases they are not additional placements, while in some others they are direct experiences in school, for example, to enhance specific curriculum areas. Generally, students are timetabled for most days of the week, although not always for the whole day. During school placements, students are required to match the class teacher hours, being at the school for up to nine hours per day and doing further follow up work prior to the next day. MEd students are required to complete additional self-directed placements outside of normal University terms or during their non-timetabled periods

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

A key feature of the student experience is the close relationship between University based and school based learning. Ofsted commend this coherence and consider “the overall effectiveness of the provider is outstanding because the training, assessment and quality of the provision across the partnership are of the highest quality, enabling trainees on all programmes to make excellent progress and to achieve consistently good or outstanding results.”

Assessment

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Careers

Winchester Initial Teacher Education graduates have a high employment rate and are well respected in the region and beyond. A programme of preparation for applying for teaching posts is held annually for students in their final year. Most students take up a position in teaching, although some pursue other careers using the range of transferable skills gained during study.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice.

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Are you passionate about education, with a desire to engage and inspire young minds? If so, this specialisation is for you. You will be qualified to teach children aged five to 12 years in primary schools. Read more
Are you passionate about education, with a desire to engage and inspire young minds? If so, this specialisation is for you. You will be qualified to teach children aged five to 12 years in primary schools. You will watch your students develop and grow and see their lives transform through your supervision and guidance.

You will gain an understanding of learning at the heart of teaching by examining the learning process and the aspects that influence it. Drawing on contemporary theories, concepts and practices of primary education you will gain an appreciation of the positive impact and power teaching can have on influencing young people's learning and development.

Throughout this specialisation you will examine the importance of literacy and numeracy in primary education and will study the key elements of the primary curriculum including English and literacies, mathematics, arts, humanities, science, technology, and health and physical education.

You will develop competencies around the development, application and review of effective assessment strategies and will also learn and build a repertoire of positive effective classroom management approaches.

You will gain practical experience through 60 days of supervised teaching practice in primary schools.

This specialisation prepares students to become effective and proactive leaders and educators in primary education settings.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/teaching-d6001?domestic=true

Course Structure

The course is structured in three parts. Orientation studies, relevant across all specialisations, and specialist education studies come together and are applied in context in professional experience and inquiry.

Part A: Orientation studies
These studies provide an orientation to the field of Education. You will consider the nature of learning and the influences upon it, and the nature of teaching and teachers' work within the broader family and community context within which children's and young people's learning takes place. You will also develop your understanding of literacy as the basis of how we learn, both formally and informally, across the age span.

Part B: Specialist education studies
These studies will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills relevant to thoughtful, innovative and evidence-based practice within your chosen specialisation. You will acquire both the broad principles of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment that underpin the teaching and learning of children and young people in varied education settings, and the specific knowledge required to apply these principles in particular school learning areas.

Part C: Applied professional practice
Professional experience placements in educational settings relevant to your teaching specialisation will enable you to connect the theoretical components your course with practical aspects of teaching and learning under the valuable guidance of practitioners. You will also study the complex and powerful role that teachers have as leaders in classroom, school, and community settings, with the power to change, and develop strategies to enable you to take your place as an active contributor to shaping education locally and globally. If you are in a single sector specialisation, you will also have the opportunity to undertake an extended professional project.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/education

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/teaching-d6001?domestic=true#making-the-application

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Across the globe schools are seeking dynamic and highly qualified teachers to support pupils learning into the future. . Read more

Across the globe schools are seeking dynamic and highly qualified teachers to support pupils learning into the future. 

We are delighted to announce that the School of Education will be offering the PGCE in Primary Education at the University of Birmingham’s Dubai campus, which will open this autumn. The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. In the 2017 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 25th in the World and joint 6th in Europe.

Staff within the School of Education have been working closely with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), which is responsible for the growth and quality of education, on the development of this high-quality training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Primary level. 

The programme is based on both the UK and UAE standards. School-based experiences are a central part of this programme which also features a range of professional courses to help you plan, teach, and develop your classroom skills. The high quality personalised support, ensures that the majority of our students exceed the teachers' standards at an outstanding level (Ofsted report 2013).  

The School of Education’s well established and renowned programmes in teacher education are due to commence in September 2018 at the Dubai campus. Applications for these courses will open in September 2017. This one year full-time teacher training programme will prepare you for entry into the teaching profession as a reflective and critically aware practitioner. It does this through a significant emphasis on research-led teacher education which will include key elements delivered by staff from the University of Birmingham in Dubai supported by senior teachers in schools.

The programme, which has been approved by KHDA, will support the Ministry of Education's aim of enhancing the status of teachers in the UAE and provide opportunities to share the School’s high quality provision internationally. 

Download the flier for the Teacher Training courses in the University of Birmingham Dubai (PDF)

Course details

Suitable for those interested in becoming a teacher across the full 5-11 age range the Primary Education programme is a full time one year postgraduate programme. The programme is designed to help you plan, teach and develop your classroom skills within the primary age range. Time within the programme is spent developing necessary subject knowledge in English, Mathematics and Science alongside the consideration of whole school issues such as Managing Behaviour.

The Primary English component forms an essential part of your work on the PGCE in Primary Education course. It has been designed to develop your skills in the planning, teaching and assessment of Primary English, including speaking, listening, reading and writing. Your training will include taught sessions at university, directed tasks in school, group tasks, directed self-study and independent study and research. These elements of your training are linked, to ensure coherence and the integration of policy, practice and theory. Strong subject knowledge is a vital element of being an outstanding teacher. The course is designed to help you develop English subject knowledge in your own context, build confidence with subject specific terminology, and develop your understanding of the nature of pupils progression in Primary English. 

The Primary Mathematics component aims to prepare you to teach mathematics effectively, confidently and enthusiastically across all primary ages. Through undertaking the course students’ will develop their knowledge and understanding of an appropriate mathematics curriculum within a current and contemporary context. They will also develop and extend their mathematical subject and pedagogical knowledge with a particular focus upon effective teaching strategies, calculation methods, relevance, relational understanding, Mastery, reasoning, problem solving and using and applying. A wide range of children's errors and misconceptions across all primary mathematics topics will be highlighted and discussed, and a variety of teaching and learning strategies to appropriately address these will be modelled and explained. Students will also develop their knowledge, understanding and ability to use a range of resources (including ICT), creative and exciting approaches, planning principles and strategies, cross-curriculum methods and formative assessment to fully support pupils mathematical engagement, progress and achievement. All aspects of the course will be supported and informed by a range of contemporary and seminal primary mathematics and pedagogical research. Students will be provided with the opportunity to reflect upon and evaluate their teaching and the pupils development within mathematics.

The programme is designed to meet recognised teacher standards in the UAE and UK and time is spent in placement schools to develop the necessary experience and skills.

Learning and teaching

The Primary and Secondary programmes are founded on our long-standing expertise in teacher education and combine the phase, curriculum and learning and teaching expertise of specialist tutors with centre-based training at the University.

A variety of teaching styles and approaches to learning are used in the programme. These include university-based lectures, small group seminars and workshops, school-based work with pupils and teachers, and work undertaken individually or with other groups of students. 

Specialist university tutors are experts in their field and lead dedicated subject programmes. Assessment is based on coursework undertaken during the year. 

The ‘whole school issues’ part of the programme is concerned with aspects of education that are of importance to all intending teachers, irrespective of their particular teaching subjects. It is designed to provide a breadth of awareness, depth of insight and development of skills through a range of themes studied by all students. 



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Why this course?. Teaching is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding careers you can pursue - you'll shape the minds of tomorrow!. Read more

Why this course?

Teaching is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding careers you can pursue - you'll shape the minds of tomorrow!

Worldwide qualification

This course is a professional training course which qualifies you to teach primary education. The qualification is recognised throughout the world and is regulated by: 

  • the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)
  • the Scottish Government

What you’ll learn

You’ll learn the theories behind teaching practices and explore these throughout the year. You'll gain the skills necessary to become the best teacher you can be.

You'll also see the relevance of everything you're learning come alive while on placement. Classes are here on campus and you'll carry out three placements in two different schools throughout the year.

You must keep a portfolio of progress throughout the course. This prepares you for the continuation of professional development during your professional teaching career.

MEd

As part of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to submit two of your assignments at Masters level.

If you do this, you’ll be almost halfway towards a Masters in Education qualification. If you go on to do the Masters in Education, all you’ll have to do is complete two Masters level classes, a research class and a dissertation.

You can do this on campus or by distance learning. 

Placement

You'll spend 18 weeks of the course on placement in a school within Scotland. You'll be continually assessed while there to show you meet the requirements for the Standards for Provisional Registration.

You must attend your placement school throughout the full working day. You must also attend school on staff in-service days, unless told otherwise by your school.

Placement is your chance to put what you're learning into practice. You'll explore your own teaching style, learn new techniques and develop relationships with your pupils.

Please read our important information about the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. This is for all applicants applying for courses which involve placement opportunities (working with children or vulnerable adults).

Guaranteed employment for Scottish & EU students

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you're guaranteed a job for one year in a Scottish school after you graduate.

This is part of the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme. Following graduation you should contact the GTCS for provisional registration.

Once you complete your probationary year, you'll be awarded full registration.

Work anywhere in Scotland

As a newly qualified teacher, you can receive an additional £6,000 under the Preference Waiver Scheme if you agree to work anywhere in Scotland for your induction scheme.

Learning & teaching

The course encourages active and participative styles of learning in order to meet your professional needs, and to promote a commitment to continuing professional development.

The hours for the full-time course are 9am to 5pm. You’re expected to be working on course-related activity during those hours.

Assessment

To be awarded the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education, you must pass all course modules.

Course work

Each class includes course work that involves group or independent study on specified tasks. This may involve presentations and written reports. Although these are not assessed formally they are essential learning experiences and are course requirements.

Careers

The PGDE qualification is required for employment as a teacher in a Scottish primary school. Following the probationary period, it can provide a starting point for a clearly defined career structure within primary education. The promoted posts in primary schools are Principal Teacher, Depute Head Teacher and Head Teacher.



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Successful participation in this programme enables students to gain provisional registration as a Primary teacher, working with young learners in the 3-12 age group. Read more
Successful participation in this programme enables students to gain provisional registration as a Primary teacher, working with young learners in the 3-12 age group.

You will benefit from a blend of guidance from a range of successful practitioners, peer learning and individual study.

Why study Primary Education at Dundee?

You will work alongside tutors with a wealth of experience to share with you and the ability to help you to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding you will need to fulfil the role of a primary teacher. We offer excellent resources and facilities and a high level of support. You will benefit from placements in two schools, so that you may hone these skills further. We liaise closely with school colleagues, so that they are in a strong position to afford you the experiences you need to make the most of your placements.

Masters level study

The programme offers students the opportunity to have their non-practice placement assignments assessed at Masters Level (SCQF Level 11) and so accrue a total of 60M credits whist they complete their programme of study. These credits can then be used towards future Masters study, representing a considerable saving in both time and cost in relation to the usual Masters study arrangements. We are working closely with the M Ed team within the School to ensure a smooth transition to the Masters programme for those who wish to pursue this.

Professional accreditation

The resulting award of PGDE(P) for all successful participants is recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and widely outside Scotland, thus widening employment opportunities.

Who should study this course?

This course is suitable for those who have already secured a degree and now wish to enter the field of Primary Education, initially as a classroom teacher.

"I have been amazed by how much I have learned. I have found the course to be very inspirational and am thoroughly looking forward to entering a truly fantastic profession. I would like to highlight the great work of the staff and feel each member brings their own element and area of expertise to the course."
Student comment in Online Programme Evaluation, June 2012.

How you will be taught

Students are associated with two schools (one per semester) in order to capitalise on opportunities to gain deeper understanding and to participate in the wide spectrum of aspects associated with the lives of schools.

We also allow students to develop their areas of strengths/expertise and to support them in areas where they feel less secure. In order to meet the varying needs of students and to address issues as they are identified, we offer "Module Enhancements". Students will be able to choose from a range of learning enhancements which provide enriching experiences for the students, enabling them to personalise their studies.

There will be a blended learning approach, whereby students' ability to self-direct their studies will be utilised in tandem with tutor-directed and tutor-delivered activities.

This approach will utilise workshops, lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent (guided and "free choice") study. Students will also benefit from insights and expertise shared by visiting speakers and from visits to a variety of locations.

What you will study

There are four modules: two university-based modules prepare students for their ensuing Professional Practice placements in schools, in Upper Primary and Nursery/Early Years respectively. All four modules (2 university-based and 2 school-based) are compulsory. Students may opt in to an Elective and also participate in a range of Enhanced Learning opportunities, whereby their understanding of educational practice may be furthered, whilst undertaking the university-based modules.

Curricular Studies - The programme covers all aspects of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). The programme develops students’ understanding of how young learners learn and explores strategies for effective teaching and learning.
Professional Studies - The programme will support and develop students’ awareness and understanding of: inter-agency working, working with parents, meeting the needs of all learners, assessment, classroom management and strategies for promoting a positive ethos for learning, including strategies to support positive behaviour management.
Educational Studies - Students are introduced to the History of Scottish Education, Comparative Education (education systems in other countries) and Learning Theory.
Professional Practice (Placement) - 18 weeks working with 3-12 year olds in two/three settings.

How you will be assessed

Formative assessment and summative assessment are used throughout the programme. There are two university-based assessed modules (one by essay, the other by ePortfolio) and two professional practice placement modules. Professional Practice (Placement) is assessed with reference to the Standard for Initial Teacher Education by university staff and school partners. Although this programme is at graduate entry, there are components (University-based) which are assessed at SCQF Level 10 and Level 11. Professional Placement is assessed only at SCQF Level 10.

Careers

All successful UK and EU participants are guaranteed one year’s employment in a Scottish primary school via the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme.

The majority of our students go on to enjoy careers as classroom teachers initially. Thereafter, they may apply for promoted posts within the management teams in schools, or as Principal Teachers. Some choose to enter other fields, operating as Education Officers within museums etc. Others undertake further study, to become Educational Psychologists etc. It is also possible to pursue a wide range of further careers, e.g. within Education Scotland, as Advisors/Directors within Local Education Authorities, within GTCS or in Initial Teacher Education in universities.

Recent participants in this programme have gone on to secure permanent posts in a range of settings, both within Scotland and abroad e.g. in International Schools. Some are operating within promoted posts in schools; others are specialising in specific aspects within schools e.g. in promoted posts, Learning Support or Outdoor Education. Others have returned to academic life as lecturers.

"The large input on Curriculum for Excellence has been very useful in my career. As tough as it was to stomach at the time, I feel a step ahead of the game now, and I'm reaping the benefits."
PGDE graduate

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Develop a variety of teaching approaches to become an effective and confident teacher of children in Primary Education.

Partnerships with local schools give you opportunities to put theory into practice on placements, supported by experienced teachers and academic staff as you develop the knowledge and skills to meet the national requirements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Intermediate qualifications available: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/primary-education3#about

• Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (a department of the Department for Education) to deliver Initial Teacher Training

Visit the website:

Course detail

• Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an inspiring teacher of young children, able to draw on secure understanding of theories about Primary teaching and learning - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings
• Explore your understanding of teaching and learning, supported by experienced Primary teachers, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and developing curricula; honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement planning
• Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence
• Gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice
• Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a Primary Education setting, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.

Modules

• Introduction to the Professional Primary School Teacher
• The Professional Primary School Teacher
• The Reflective Primary School Teacher*
• The Research Informed Professional Primary School Teacher*

*denotes units that can be assessed at Masters level

Assessment

The Teachers’ Standards 2012 provide the framework by which your progress in your teaching is judged. These are supplemented with descriptors which support you in understanding the qualities which define the level at which you meet the standards.

The webfolio is the medium through which your assignments and documentary evidence are managed. It forms the central spine of the course, drawing the range of experiences and activities together in a coherent structure. The webfolio is designed to help you engage in critical self-evaluation of your practice, helping you to identify areas of strength and areas for future development.

The webfolio will also provide you with a flexible means by which you can gather and store information about your understanding, knowledge, values and beliefs. Its portability ensures that you will be able to continue to use it as a gateway for your professional development beyond the award of QTS.

Careers

Local and national demand for University of Bedfordshire graduate teachers is high. Annual destination surveys show that 98% of graduate teachers will have secured teaching posts for the year of graduation.

The course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop the characteristics of a University of Bedfordshire graduate teacher. You will be challenged to explore theories of teaching and learning and to examine the implications of such theories for your own development. In doing this you will refine, form and reform your own principles, perspectives and values in relation to professional teaching practice.

On completion of the course you will have the appropriate attitude, knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the needs of the children’s and schools’ workforce agenda.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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Gain the skills you need for the challenging task of teaching in a primary school. On this course, you develop the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm needed to motivate children’s learning. Read more

Gain the skills you need for the challenging task of teaching in a primary school. On this course, you develop the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm needed to motivate children’s learning.

This course is designed to prepare you to meet the demands of recent developments in primary education. We emphasise the core subjects of English, mathematics and science.

School-based training is an integral part of the course, and you will work with pupils in key stages 1 and 2. We offer the course in partnership with local and regional primary schools, which play a key role in the teaching and assessment of your professional competence against the teachers Standards. In total you spend 120 days in school over the year.

As part of the course you gain 60 credits towards a masters qualification.

Bursaries are available to any UK or EU trainee starting a PGCE in England who is not employed as a teacher. For more information about grants towards tuition fees and bursaries visit the student finance website.

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. When applying through School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the intention that you will be employed by them if you successfully complete the course.

For more information visit our School Direct page

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Course structure

You will study:

  • primary teaching, learning and assessment
  • inclusion
  • English
  • mathematics
  • science
  • foundation subjects and religious education
  • researching primary education
  • personal and professional development
  • the role of the teacher

Modules

The course is made up of modules which integrate experience in schools with professional and curriculum studies.

You complete two masters levels modules. One enables you to evaluate and reflect on your own progress as a teacher. the second enables you to explore a chosen area in more depth in your school or setting and with colleagues in that setting.

The other modules assess your ability against the teacher standards. You are assessed in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Assessment

Your academic work is assessed through coursework using a variety of assessment methods. Your teaching is assessed in schools and by school-based mentors.

Employability

After graduating, you have excellent career prospects as we have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96 per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

You gain the qualifications, skills and experience to teach in maintained primary schools in England and Wales. You may also work overseas in teaching and related employment.

Previous students have found careers with local authorities, private schools and other educational establishments throughout the country.



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