The key aim of the PGCE Secondary RE programme is to deliver a high quality, current and relevant programme of training that equips student teachers with the professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes they need to become outstanding teachers in our local and national secondary schools.
The PGCE Secondary programme is a community of learning with partnership at the heart of the programme. University based staff work together with schools, mentors, subject communities, local and national subject communities and other education professionals 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 programme is integrated with school-based experience and training to ensure that your developing professional practice is underpinned by knowledge and understanding of educational theory and current local, national and international research.
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 backgrounds.
The Secondary PGCE programme is structured in phases (introductory, developmental and consolidation) and within each phase, you are expected to reflect upon your learning and make effective links with curriculum and pedagogy through relating theory to practice. The programme is made up of four modules, two of which are based on Subject Studies and two on Professional Studies, as follows:
• Introduction to Subject Specialism • Teaching Strategies: Planning for Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Subject Specialism • Understanding Learning and Teaching and School Experience • Emerging Professional and School Experience
The teaching teams in both Subject Studies and Professional Studies integrate their modules to run throughout the course of the programme rather than delivering them as separate modules. This approach ensures that links are strengthened between the modules and that the programme provided is holistic and inclusive. The two Professional Studies modules also include the Masters Level work and Secondary School Experience. All modules will be delivered by a combination of school and University based staff.
The programme employs a range of learning and teaching strategies, including enquiry based and active learning approaches. You are encouraged to develop a strong sense of your personal professional identity as subject teachers and are nurtured to develop your own philosophy and values about secondary education. Tutors and school-based mentors are available to guide and facilitate you. You will undertake research based activities to deepen your understanding of secondary practice and related subject knowledge. This has proven to be an effective approach in learning how to become a teacher to promote reflection on practice and learning. There are also a range of enrichment opportunities within the programme such as trips and events and the opportunity to engage with the wider professional RE community.
Assessments are spread across the duration of the programme with timely feedback on your work. Alongside academic assignments you will be assessed in school experiences with your progress being tracked during the year to ensure you are making the progress we expect towards meeting the teachers’ standards.