English PGCE

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We will introduce you to the broad scope of English as a curriculum subject, including media and drama. Along with practical knowledge and an understanding of English methods, the PGCE offers 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 pupils' progress.

You will develop knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum, its targets and content, and the national framework for English, together with an understanding of wider statutory requirements. You will advance your teaching and classroom management skills to a high level, and enhance your capacity for…

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We will introduce you to the broad scope of English as a curriculum subject, including media and drama. Along with practical knowledge and an understanding of English methods, the PGCE offers 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 pupils' progress.

You will develop knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum, its targets and content, and the national framework for English, together with an understanding of wider statutory requirements. You will advance your teaching and classroom management skills to a high level, and enhance your capacity for self-reflection and further professional development.

At the IOE you will work in groups of approximately 20, with a team of tutors who have unparalleled experience and research interests in London schools. Sessions at the IOE are interactive and you will participate in a range of group and individual activities. Some activities are arranged in collaboration with organisations such as Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the British Film Institute.

You will develop an understanding of classroom practice and the theories underpinning teaching and learning English, media and drama. Tasks set throughout the year will help you to reflect on your own as well as children's learning and development. Many of our schools offer opportunities to work with pupils who have English as an additional language or special educational needs.

Features

This programme has been designed to enable all students to demonstrate that they have met the standards across Key Stages 3 and 4 (11–16 age range Qualified Teacher Status).

Wherever possible, we provide opportunities for trainees to gain experience at Key Stage 5 (post-16 age range), even where their qualification is for 11 to 16 teaching.

Attendance

In your placement schools or colleges, your responsibilities will be equivalent to those of a practising teacher, but on a reduced timetable. The working day starts at approximately 8.30am and ends at 5.00pm. Sometimes it is shorter, but you will need to plan your life to reflect the demands of the school day and the school term dates, which may not be the same as the published IOE term dates.

Days spent at the Institute include keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days. In addition, time in the evenings and at weekends is needed for further study and planning.

Assessment

You will be assessed in two ways:

  • on your practical teaching and your progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status
  • on assignments, portfolio tasks and, for some subjects, practical projects.

We will monitor your progress throughout the PGCE, and you will record this in a Career Entry and Development Profile statement. This will form part of a portfolio that links into the induction year (your first year of teaching) and your continuing professional development.

Subject entry requirements

You should have a degree in English literature, English language, linguistics or a combination of these. If you have another qualification, we will consider you if English has been a substantial part of your undergraduate or postgraduate studies, or if you have taught English as a foreign language. Previous experience of working with children and young people in school or other contexts is a considerable advantage.

We are interested in your ability to communicate clearly and effectively, to be well organised, to be receptive, and to work as part of a team. You should have an interest in young people and be able to share your enthusiasm for the subject.

We are looking for adaptability and the ability to work well under pressure. We will need to judge whether, by the end of the programme, you will be able to reach the required standards. These cover professional values and practice; subject knowledge; knowledge of theory and research; lesson planning and record-keeping skills; classroom management; your understanding of assessment and pupil progress; and the ability to reflect critically on your own practice and progress.

Where do our students go?

English PGCE graduates are currently working as:

  • English teachers
  • heads of English departments
  • senior leaders in schools.
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