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PGCE Secondary English

Course Description

The PGCE: Secondary English programme is designed to meet the Standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to develop specialist secondary teachers in English.
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 a teacher;
• reflect on and take responsibility for your own professional development;
• have the necessary experiences to meet the Teachers’ Standards;
• acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding to develop additional expertise in supporting pupils with EAL;
• be able to respond proactively and positively to change and thus enabled to make informed contributions to education;
• develop your ability to read and write critically at Masters Level.

PGCE: Secondary English at UEL
The PGCE:Secondary English is a partnership programme. This means that it has been written and developed in collaboration with Local Authorities and local schools. The majority of your time will be spent in schools observing, planning and teaching lessons, considering how the theory 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 English trainees.You will take part in the Virtual Schools project which involves working as a team with fellow trainees from different subject areas to address real life issues and challenges which may arise in schools. Many themes such as equal opportunities, bilingualism, meeting the needs for children with special educational needs etc. underpin the taught programme.The subject studies elements of the programme focus on teaching English as a curriculum subject.

These sessions aim to:
• Provide and introduction to the broad scope of English, including Media and Drama, as a curriculum subject
• Enable you to develop high levels of teaching skills and classroom management, as well as the capacity for reflection and further professional development
• Offer theoretical perspectives on the role of language in learning, the teaching of literacies and literature, the principles of syllabus design and evaluation, and the assessment and recording of children's progress in both classroom and workshop situations
• Provide knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum and the framework of statutory requirements.

You will be engaging with research at Masters Level in two of the three available modules, one on Reflective Practice one on the potential uses of new and emerging technologies in secondary education and the third on developing subject expertise and subject pedagogy.

Visit the PGCE Secondary English page on the University of East London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will need to demonstrate in your application that you: are an effective reader and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English, both spoken and written possess the appropriate personal and intellectual qualities to be a teacher have achieved a standard equivalent to Grade C in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics hold a minimum 2:2 first degree in an appropriate subject from a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or an equivalent qualification taught in English.

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