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English (Yorkshire Teaching Schools Alliance) - PGCE

Course content

Our English PGCE programme prepares you to become an effective, creative and reflective teacher of English. The course integrates theory and practice both on school placements and in university sessions. Sessions at University, which are of a highly practical and interactive nature, are led by tutors with current and recent school experience; they are closely linked to a programme of classroom experience in our Partnership schools. All aspects of your training are focused around supporting you to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

As the course progresses, you will learn how to apply your existing subject knowledge to secondary English classrooms and have opportunities to develop further your subject knowledge, focusing on some of the requirements of A’ Level English Literature and English Language as well as exploring how Drama, Media and ICT can enhance your professional toolkit. Key issues for teachers such as effective behaviour management, meeting the needs of a diverse pupil population and assessing pupil learning are focused on in specific training sessions but also threaded through the programme to ensure your professional knowledge and skills are well developed by the end of your initial teacher training year.During the course you will have opportunities to refine your professional expertise and pursue areas of emerging interest so that your training is a truly tailored experience. Throughout the course you will benefit from a strong system of mentoring in Partnership schools and individualised pastoral support from University Tutors.

Teaching and learning

Participation in the PGCE course is an active process. Although there are lectures and presentations, much of the course centres on workshops, seminars and school and classroom activities.

Activities emphasise team work and require trainees to share the responsibility for their learning.

Throughout the course, trainees are given guidance and support by mentors in school as well as their university tutors.


The practical teaching requirements and formal written assignments are designed not just to provide evidence that trainees have reached the required Teachers' Standards but also as useful learning activities in themselves. Assessment is continuous, across all aspects of the course.

Trainees complete 3 Masters level assignments (60 Masters level credits).

Our secondary PGCE programmes prepare trainees to teach across the 11-16 age range. As part of the Post-16 Enhancement we offer trainees a range of experiences to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills for teaching at Post 16.

Course aims

The primary aim of the course is to enable trainees to meet the Teachers Standards and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) . The course also aims to encourage trainees to examine, in a critical but constructive way, the current educational system and practice.

The intention is that trainees should become skilled members of the teaching profession, able to make a full contribution to educational debate and innovations of the future.

Visit the English (Yorkshire Teaching Schools Alliance) - PGCE page on the University of York website for more details!




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