Early Primary PGCE

Do you have a passion for creating an imaginative, play based learning environment where children are able to learn to explore? Do you love the questions, the challenges and the perspectives they bring? Then apply for our Early Primary PGCE …

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Key Features
We believe that high quality learning in Early Years (3 - 7) is vitally important to the confidence and success of children for the rest of their lives. As a school based partnership we continue to develop a dynamic and completely child centred programme that will produce an array of passionate and creative teachers.

Our cohort of 20 Trainees form an enthusiastic, positive learning environment, where they are able to learn from each other. The group is large enough to bring a broad range of experiences into discussion but also small enough that each person is known and valued.

You will graduate from the course with full QTS and a PGCE, able to teach within any Primary School.

‘Outstanding training contributes to outstanding outcomes for all trainees’ (Ofsted 2016)

School-based training (80% of the programme):

  • You are welcomed from the first day of term into an Early Years setting in one of our partnership schools for the Autumn and Summer Terms. You will gain experience in Nursery, Reception and Foundation.
  • You will be part of an Early Years Hub of 4-5 local schools (and 6-10 Trainees) who will provide specialist training within school. These ‘hub’ training days will combine dynamic, ‘live’ training where you are observing skilled practitioners teach children, an opportunity for you to try out and then discuss the approaches you have used in a collaborative, enquiring learning set.
  • You move to a second school for the Spring term where you will be placed in a KS1 class.
  • A structured school-based programme that maximises the power of learning through working alongside successful practitioners who model excellent practice and support planning.
  • A dedicated School-Based tutor who is an experienced learning coach and meets with you every week to guide your training

Centre-Based Training (20% 0f the programme):

  • A cohesive, holistically structured taught course, delivered centrally by outstanding consultants and serving teachers who are passionate about Early Years.
  • Key themes run through all training : child development, learning behaviours, play, phonics, language and communication, understanding of the world and their environment, outdoor learning and learning contexts, physical development, personal social and emotional development, mathematical understanding, imagination and creativity
  • Assignments that develop trainees' subject knowledge for teaching through interaction with children leading to up to 60 Masters credits.

Main Elements of the Course:

  • A highly interactive, relationship based course where learning is through dialogue and reflection on experience linked to educational theory
  • Three day introductory residential
  • Audit and support of your personal subject knowledge in English, Mathematics and Science
  • Outstanding Centre-based training in Early Years Practice
  • A dedicated Professional Development course that develops your understanding of Child Development, Behaviour Management, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Gap tasks to link your centre based training with working with children in school.
  • A structured school-based programme to enable theory and research to be observed in practice across different classrooms in the school you are in
  • A four week Teaching Practice during the Autumn Term
  • A four week Teaching Practice in a second school in Key Stage 1 in the Spring term
  • A two week Integrated Project which is a creative, cross-curricular sequence that you design yourself and bring all of your passions and interests into
  • An eight week final Teaching Practice in your home school in the Summer term
  • 4 Assignments that enable you to relate theory and practice.