About the course
The course is active and participatory, placing considerable emphasis on working collaboratively with others and learning together. We expect you to take a high level of responsibility for your own professional learning and the course includes both taught seminars and workshops and directed or independent study activities which allow your professional learning to be tailored to your needs and interests. In addition, you will have the opportunity to engage with the broader professional field related to English, such as working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, meeting children’s authors, and being involved with national or regional arts-based projects.
The course is informed by research in the Centre for Research in Writing, giving you first-hand access to the latest research on classroom practice in English.
The programme has three fully integrated components:
*Secondary Education and Professional Studies Module
The Professional Studies component introduces you to key educational ideas and principles within a range of educational contexts. The module is followed throughout the year with both University and school-based elements and is concerned with classroom issues, whole school issues and the role of education in the wider society.
*Secondary Professional Learning Module
Central to school-based work is the development of your ability to meet the standards of professional competence which trainees must demonstrate in order to meet national standards for the award of QTS.
*Secondary English Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy Module
The principal aims of the module are to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the background issues and practice of the current teaching of English and Drama in the secondary school, and to enable them toachieve QTS. In addition, the module seeks to nurture reflective and autonomous professional practitioners who are able to identify strengths and areas for development in their subject knowledge and pedagogy, through evaluating current professional practice in relationship to developments in research and curriculum theory
Read more at (https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/secondary/english/#I3US026I4PXkQD28.99)
There are two principal strands to the assessment of the Exeter PGCE course. The first is the written component and the second, the practical component. During the year, English students complete two written assignments, each one directly linking the university and school-based aspects of the course.
The practical assessment of teaching is to ensure that all students meet the requirements set by the NCTL for all Initial Teacher Training courses.
Interviews will take place in the home school. You will be interviewed by the head of department, a member of the leadership team and a teacher with responsibility for initial teacher training. Before the interview day, but as part of the interview process, you will be expected to arrange a visit to the school. On the interview day itself you will be asked to observe a lesson and discuss what you notice and you will be asked to work with a small group of students for part of a lesson, supporting them through an activity prepared by their teacher.
How school placements work
JCTSA schools decide on an individual basis in which subjects they wish to offer training. This means that you are applying to a specific school to study your subject. Your contrasting school experience will be as close as possible to your home school but you will need access to a car.
There are two school placements. The majority of your in-school experience is done in your home school. This is the school to which you applied for your place. In addition there will be a six-week placement to a contrasting school.
The majority of our schools are 11-18 and are judged as good or outstanding. They are all rural and are located in West Dorset, Chard and in South East Devon.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
*2:1 degrees in English (Literature or Language), Linguistics, Drama, Cultural/Media Studies, Film or Journalism.
*For Drama, Media Studies, Film and Journalism, Exeter also require a good A level English grade (or equivalent). Combined-honours degrees are welcome: here we look at the balance of English to the other subject/s, and also look for a high A level English grade if the English element is less than 50%.
GCSE maths and English at grade C+/4+
About the training provider
Woodroffe is the lead school in a large alliance of secondary and primary schools. We are an outstanding school, as are a number of our partner schools. Woodroffe is all a regional maths hub, providing specialist maths support to teachers across Dorset and parts of Devon. The Jurassic Coast teaching School Alliance has many years of experience in delivering teacher training programmes, working with The University of Exeter who have been judged by Ofsted as outstanding providers of initial teacher education.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our practice with regard to students with disabilities and other needs is in line with that of The University of Exeter.
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Training provider code:
Training programme code:
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||Newtown, Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3EP
||Zemard Lane, Chard TA20 1JL
||Sir John Colfox
||Ridway, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3DT
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