About the course
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the drama secondary school curriculum. You’ll learn about the theories and practical methods that form the basis of drama education. You’ll explore topics including theatre design, devising drama to captivate audiences, key practitioners (such as Konstantin Stanislavski and Bertolt Brecht), and studies of texts, from Shakespeare to Priestley’s An Inspector Calls.
At the beginning of the course, you’ll visit a number of secondary schools in order to observe a variety of drama lessons. This will provide you with an opportunity to reflect upon the different approaches to teaching and learning in drama.
We teach most of our sessions through practical demonstration and you’ll study mainly with your PGCE Drama group but they will also be opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in other subject areas such as English, Maths and Science. You’ll experiment with ways in which drama is used as a teaching tool across the whole school curriculum to support numeracy and literacy or to bring history to life. You’ll also consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona. You’ll also consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona. You won’t simply learn theory with us on-campus though, you’ll teach classes in schools too.
You’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become the class teacher.
Upon receipt of a successful application we will call a candidate to interview. This is usually at Rivington and Blackrod High School. The interview process would consist of the following;
- tour of the school
- inspire task with a small group of students
- a formal interview with a panel
- on some occasions a subject knowledge test may be given
How school placements work
The Rivington School Direct is an alliance with a total of nine schools within Bolton. We work on an AB model where trainees will be placed in two contrasting schools. Placement A runs from September to December and Placement B from January to June. This provides the trainee with two different experiences and therefore expands the skills gained during the course.
When on placement in school the trainee will have a trained Subject Mentor who will support them through weekly meetings and observations. They will also have a Professional Mentor who is responsible for their professional development on a whole school level. Trainees will be given a varied timetable of different Key Stages and abilities and will build up the number of lessons they teach gradually throughout each placement.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
GCSEs grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, can apply with these pending. We offer MMU equivalency tests in English and Maths.
If degree outside UK will require academic IELTS. IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any element.
CSE Grade 1/Scottish Standard Grades 1 -3/Irish Leaving Certificate D at Higher Level or C at Ordinary Level.
2:2 UK Honours degree (or international equivalent), which must support the National Curriculum subject knowledge requirements.
For exceptional candidates, those with substantial work experience in schools/relevant occupations, we consider applications with a 3rd class degree.
QTS Professional Skills tests
We are looking for individuals with a genuine passion for working with young people from a variety of backgrounds with varying abilities. Candidates will need to be determined, reflective and resilient and dedicated to the betterment of the young people in their care.
Candidates will be subject to a DBS check before being able to start the course.
About the training provider
We are an alliance of Bolton based schools, which are wide, varied and unique in terms of their characteristics. We run a bespoke programme of professional enhancement sessions that are an integral part of our programme, delivered by experts from across the alliance. Our alliance consists of highly skilled, supportive Professional and Subject Mentors and schools that provide a wealth of experience and opportunities. Our programme enables you to gain experience within two contrasting placement schools and follows an AB model.
We believe that every child gets one chance and that we can make a difference to the lives of young people. We aim to inspire the next generation of leaders of learning, to challenge, support and develop individuals and to create outstanding practitioners who will shape and inspire future generations. It is our priority to develop individuals who are highly employable within and beyond the alliance.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Rivington School Direct can offer support to trainees with disabilities or other specific needs. An assessment can be undertaken by Occupational Health or with Access 2 Work as appropriate and their recommendations for support /reasonable adjustments will be put in place wherever possible. Schools within the alliance currently provide support for employees with dyslexia through technology designed to support such conditions.
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