The PGCE Secondary Science Chemistry is a partnership programme. The subject studies elements of the programme focus on teaching science as a curriculum subject and developing your subject specialism (chemistry), and aim to provide an introduction to science as a curriculum subject. The majority of your time will be spent in schools observing teaching and learning, considering how the theory of education and the practice link together and, of course, working with children in classroom settings. You will be studying in a diverse community of trainees from a range of different subjects, as well as studying alongside fellow science trainees. You will develop high levels of teaching skills and classroom management, as well as an understanding of the National Curriculum and the framework of statutory requirement
The PGCE Secondary Science programme is designed to meet the Standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to develop secondary teachers with a specialism in Chemistry. It aims to do this in the context of our Secondary Partnership schools many of which are situated in east London where skills of educating children in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual urban environment are paramount.
Overall the programme aims to produce effective teachers who are able to operate as reflective practitioners. To fit this description you should: develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of what it means to be a professional in school; engage in practical and theoretical enquiry as a key element in your development as teachers. Whereby you are expected to: • be able to critically review, using a range of research and scholastic skills, a systematic and coherent body of knowledge related to education and subject pedagogy • be able to evaluate critically new information, concepts and evidence from a range of sources • be able to exercise appropriate judgment, by applying appropriate diagnostic and creative skills, in a range of situations • be able to accept accountability for determining and achieving personal and/or group outcomes by reflecting on and taking responsibility for your own professional development • develop your ability to read and write critically at Masters level