The PGCE Primary provides a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the Department for Education. It will equip you to become a primary school teacher (ages 5-11) and will provide training for Key Stages One and Two. Successful completion of the course will provide you with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), awarded by DfE and a PGCE (awarded by Durham University
). Credits achieved during the PGCE year can also equate to the first year of Durham's MA in Education.
In addressing the government's standards for QTS, the School of Education seeks to promote the notion of primary school teachers as reflective practitioners who are confident in their ability to teach all subjects in the primary curriculum, and able to articulate their beliefs about what constitutes effective pedagogy. PGCE should be viewed as the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development.
The course aims to provide you with professional and academic training in preparation of your role as a primary teacher. Underpinning the course is a belief that successful teachers need to understand how children learn and that this is best achieved through a combination of theory, practice and reflection.
The Durham PGCE Primary Course has been developed in partnership with schools, and offers a strong practical element, with student teachers spending a substantial part of the year (around 20 weeks) in school. Students on the course have opportunities to develop an understanding of the values and issues which underpin education and are encouraged to develop and articulate their own beliefs. The responsibility for training is shared between schools and the University, which together provide a supportive professional environment in which you can develop your knowledge, skills, understanding and expertise.
Learning and Teaching
The Primary PGCE is designed to take around 1500 hours of student work, comprising:
-Readings and preparation for teaching in school
-Teaching in schools
-Teaching time in lectures and workshops
-Professional studies days
-Teaching and learning conference
-Follow-up readings after the taught element
There are approximately 350 hours of university-based contact teaching time in all.
In addition the supervised Directed Study module offers group and one-to-one contact time - students are assigned individual supervisors from within the School of Education staff who assist with devising a suitable topic for study.
Academic support for the student is available via all of the following forms of contact:
Formal workshops as part of the taught element of the course
Additional, optional workshops to help students address aspects of subject knowledge such as English grammar and mathematics
Email and telephone: students are encouraged to contact tutors with specific queries
Group emails: these are sent via Duo (the virtual learning environment) to keep students informed of developments and to answer common queries
Personal contact: staff are available for individual consultation when not teaching or attending meetings.
In addition, all students will be assigned a School Training Centre Coordinator who will provide workshops, support with teaching and guidance on teaching practice. University partnership tutors will also provide support for students before, during and after school placements.
Applicants must possess or expect to achieve a degree. Applicants must also hold GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics; Primary applicants require a science subject at grade C or above as well. Applicants must also pass professional QTS Skills Tests and have at least ten days of work experience in a UK mainstream school environment within the past three years.