About the course
The PGCE English programme is an established and successful course that will prepare you to teach all aspects of English in secondary schools. The programme is taught by tutors who have considerable experience in the secondary school sector as well as in managing PGCE students. Valuable input into the course is made by teachers from schools where students are placed for classroom experience.
By the end of the programme you will have learnt how to develop and extend your pupils' language competence in all its forms, how to organise, structure and assess work for a range of abilities and ages, how to meet the needs of individual learners and how to implement strategies promoting equal opportunities.
You will learn about current developments in the teaching of English and its place as a core subject in the National Curriculum. This includes a close look at three key areas: ICT, media and drama. A resource centre has been established at Roehampton so that you will have access to a wide range of texts and materials to support your teaching.
English Subject Studies will take place throughout the year on Wednesdays - at university, in a partner institution or site of educational interest. On some Wednesdays you will focus on Professional Studies (more generic aspects of teaching and learning) with student teachers from other specialisms. This will take the form of lectures, seminars, workshops or research.
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We operate a one stage process on our Roehampton programmes.
Coombe Girls' School, as the lead school in the partnership, will co-ordinate the recruitment process. The University of Roehampton will carry out all the necessary academic eligibility checks.
Following successful shortlisting, you will be invited for an assessment day in school, up to twenty five working days after we receive your application. This may include an individual interview, a presentation task, leading part of a lesson, a subject knowledge assessment and a written task. This will also be an opportunity for you to learn about the training programme and partnership, see the school and talk to some staff and pupils. The process will be rigorous and will enable us to assess your potential for the teaching profession and to identify strengths and weaknesses for you to begin to address.
If you are successful at the school interview, our university partner will carry out a paper scrutiny of your application and may invite you to an interview day to clarify certain points and give you an opportunity to learn more about the PGCE course, the tutors and the facilities at the university.
How school placements work
You will have one main placement school, your employing school, and one short experience placement school (the A-B-A model). You will begin in school A in September and finish in July. During the Spring term you will move to your short experience placement which lasts about 6 weeks, and then return to your employing school.
We aim to give you two contrasting settings, in order for you to experience a variety of context, approaches and challenges. Schools will give you a balance of year groups and abilities and, where possible, arrange for you to teach KS5, but this is not always manageable in both placement schools.
During this placement time, you spend four days a week in school (not Wednesdays).
From the beginning you will be treated as a member of staff, welcomed into your subject department and invited to attend staff meetings, development days, staff social activities and relevant educational trips.
Each trainee will have a dedicated mentor in their placement school, who will guide you and work alongside you to identify needs and provide personalised support as you develop. Our mentors are outstanding teachers who are required to undertake a rigorous training programme to develop their coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills. They will work with you to develop rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills in order to deliver creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.
You will gradually build up your contact time with students as you develop your confidence, teaching skills and time management.
You will be assigned to a tutor group, in order to work with a tutor team and support all-important pastoral work.
You will be paid on point 1 of the unqualified teacher scale, which is currently in the region of £20,000, from September 2019 to July 2020. Please be advised that, as a salary, this is taxable.
Your course fee will be paid by your employing school.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
Roehampton University requires a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, with GCSEs in English Language and Maths at Grade C or Grade 4, or above. For equivalency testing, UCL will only accept tests from equivalencytesting.com
We accept degrees in English literature, English language, linguistics or a combination of these. We will consider other qualifications, if English was a substantial part of your undergraduate or postgraduate studies, or if you have substantial work experience relevant to teaching English (eg. teaching English as a foreign language).
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We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject, with a real desire and ability to share this with young people of all abilities, needs and backgrounds at secondary level.
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. We are looking for adaptability and the ability to work well under pressure.
You will ideally have some experience of working with young people, perhaps through volunteer work, young clubs, sports teams or charities.
We recommend that you gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview.
All places on the PGCE are subject to satisfactory health and criminal convictions assessments. Applicants will be required to complete an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We expect you to share our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
About the training provider
Our partnership aims to create a caring and vibrant environment, where trainee teachers can develop their teaching expertise, knowledge and skills while feeling valued and supported by expert professionals and inspirational leaders. Our teachers are excellent practitioners, committed to sharing their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.
Coombe Girls' School is a nationally designated Teaching School judged 'outstanding' by Ofsted outstanding in every category at its last inspection.
Schools involved in our programme have included:
Chessington Community College, Coombe Boys' School, Coombe Girls' School, Hinchley Wood School, King's College School (Wimbledon - independent), Raynes Park High School, Richard Challoner School, Rutlish High School, Southborough High School, The Holy Cross School, The Kingston Academy, The Tiffin School, The Tiffin Girls' School and Tolworth Girls' School.
And in our primary programme:
Burlington Juniors, Christ Church Primary (New Malden), Coombe Hill Infants, Coombe Hill Juniors, Ellingham Primary, Green Lane Primary, King's Oak Primary, Knollmead Primary, Robin Hood Primary, Sacred Heart Primary (Teddington) and St Mary's and St Peter's Primary (Teddington).
The unique strength to the secondary partnership lies in the diversity of provision, offering our student teachers an enriching, contrasting experience. The partnership includes co-educational schools, single sex, selective and non-selective and one independent. Our secondary programmes provide opportunities to develop post-16 teaching practice.
Our schools enjoy a highly valued reputation locally, many oversubscribed due to the competitive, high-performing profile of our borough. Student behaviour is generally excellent and results show that many students consistently out-perform their national peers.
About the accredited body
The Roehampton University School of Education is one of the principal providers of teacher training in the UK, with partnerships of over 350 schools and a rich history of over 175 years.
Students enjoy high quality teaching and excellent employment prospects: 99% of teacher training graduates are in work or study six months after leaving (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2013/14).
The beautiful parkland campus in south-west London is only 30 minutes from the West End. The School is ranked third in London for the quality of our research in the field of education (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
Training with disabilities and other needs
All school direct students have full access to the student services in our university provider partners. This includes support services for students with a range of physical and mental health needs. Their campuses have full disability access.
Students may also access well-being and counselling services and support services for specific learning needs, including dyslexia and dyspraxia, through academic achievement advisers.
The Institute of Education has a nursery available (run by University College London). However, for student teachers we recommend you look into childcare options near your place of residence or host teaching school.
Our partner universities also offer accommodation for student teachers, although it may be better to find accommodation near placement schools.
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