About the course
The Social Science PGCE course aims to prepare you to meet the NCTL standards fully and to teach A-level Psychology and/or Sociology with confidence and authority.
The Social Science PGCE aims to:
Introduce you to the variety of strategies and techniques available to the teacher in the modern education system
Model the above strategies and techniques in University sessions
Guide you to a set of principles which will allow you to operate as effective practitioners in new and challenging situations
Introduce you to wider issues which confront Social Science teachers
Inform you about current developments in education which impinge upon your role as Social Science teachers
All training will be done as a Social Science group, though specialist Psychology and Sociology sub-groups are formed where appropriate. In addition, all students are required to teach one or more Humanities, PSHE, and/or vocational course.
The Social Science subject specialism will run throughout the academic year and will cover a variety of areas including:
Personal and social education
ICT and Social Sciences
Examination and assessment issues
If you are passionate about teaching, ambitious, reflective and with excellent communication skills and a desire to positively influence and transform young people’s lives, we look forward to receiving your application.
In return we will offer you: • a PGCE programme with QTS and Master’s level credits with our Higher Education Institution (HEI) partner, The University of Leicester • a training programme including sessions at university, Higham Lane School as well as your placement schools • an on-the-job training approach working alongside experienced teachers to plan, deliver and evaluate lessons from the start of the academic year • teaching experience at 2 complementary schools • opportunities to work alongside other trainees to share ideas and experiences • both subject and professional mentors to support and guide you through your training year.
Successful applicants may be placed at any of our schools depending on subject specialism.
For information on our partner schools, please see (https://www.highamlaneschool.co.uk/partnership).
You will be invited to interview at both a partner school and the University of Leicester.
You will have a tour of the school and an opportunity to meet staff and students in your chosen department. You will be asked to prepare a 20 minute learning activity to deliver to a group of Year 7 or Year 8 students. Following this, you will have an interview with our School Direct Co-ordinator and either the professional or subject mentor.
At university you will meet the course team who will give you an overview of the course and answer and questions you may have. You will also undertake a baseline assessment in subject knowledge, literacy and numeracy as well as give a brief presentation as part of a group.
All of this gives us an opportunity to find out a bit more about you and it is also an opportunity for you to meet us and establish whether this is the right course for you!
Successful applicants will also be offered the opportunity of some school experience with our partnership prior to starting the course. This will enable you to talk to teachers and students, observe teaching and pastoral work and become familiar with policies and procedures. All of this will give you valuable insight and a great experience prior to starting your course. It will also mean you are a familiar face in school to both staff and students and you can really hit the ground running in September!
How school placements work
Higham Lane School Partnership comprises 11 partner schools across both primary and secondary phases. Successful applicants may be placed at any of our schools depending on phase and subject specialism. We are a close partnership, both in terms of location and our approach to the training provision. Our partnership has an expert and experienced team of mentors to support trainees and provide an excellent in-school experience in a range of contexts. All of our schools are within a 30 minute drive of each other with 4 of them based in Nuneaton.
You will have 2 contrasting school placements. All schools offer 11-16 experience and, where possible, we will ensure you have some post-16 experience. You will also spend 1 day a week at university.
Your training programme will include sessions at university, Higham Lane School as well as your placement schools. We offer you an on-the-job training approach, working alongside experienced teachers to plan, deliver and evaluate lessons from the start of the academic year. You will have opportunities to work alongside other trainees to share ideas and experiences; both subject and professional mentors will support and guide you through your training year.
What have previous trainees said about us? ‘The Department have offered me invaluable support throughout my placement, encouraging me to take risks and work to become an excellent classroom practitioner.’ ‘I have found my one-to-one weekly meetings with my subject mentor invaluable, as they have enabled me to gain advice and support from a teacher who has years of teaching experience behind her.’ ‘The school’s high expectations in terms of behaviour and learning have pushed me to have higher expectations of myself and my pupils which has impacted positively on my teaching practice. The Department has supported me well through a tough part of the PGCE and this has given me confidence going into my NQT year.’
See our website (https://www.highamlaneschool.co.uk/partnership).
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Home and EU students can apply to the Student Loans Company online at (www.gov.uk/studentfinance) for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of the fees.
Selection for the Social Science course is based on the general qualities required by the University of Leicester course as a whole.
Successful applicants can be either mainly Psychology KS5, mainly Sociology KS4/5 or Health and Social Care KS4/5
As the Social Sciences have a limited presence in the pre-16 curriculum, successful applicants will show that they have the knowledge to teach outside of the Social Science curriculum, usually in the form of religious studies.
Competition for places on the course is fierce, early application is advised.
We would be delighted to receive applications from candidates who are passionate about their subject, a good role model and have an empathy for and an ability to motivate and inspire young people. We are looking for trainees who are energetic, enthusiastic and highly-motivated with a sense of humour and a sense of fun! You should demonstrate high expectations and have an ability to reflect to further improve your practice. We wish you every success with your application! Please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com if we can be of any further assistance to you.
Getting some classroom experience can help you to decide whether teaching is right for you. School experience will offer you the opportunity to talk to teachers and students, and observe teaching and pastoral work. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange school experience at one of our partner schools. All of this will give you valuable insight and a great focus point for your application and interviews. You will need to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and complete a satisfactory medical report. Further information and instructions will be provided by the University should you be offered a place.
About the training provider
Higham Lane School Partnership comprises 11 partner schools across both primary and secondary phases. We offer School Direct training in collaboration with The University of Warwick, The University of Leicester and Birmingham City University. Our Lead School is Higham Lane School, rated outstanding by Ofsted and amongst the top 100 performing, non-selective state funded schools in England. We are a close partnership both in terms of location and our approach to the training provision. Our partnership has an expert and experienced team of mentors to support trainees and provide an excellent in-school experience in a range of contexts.
All our schools are happy, caring and purposeful environments. Mutual respect and very clear expectations regarding effort, progress and behaviour are key to our success. Students get on exceptionally well with each other and with the staff. Achievement in all forms: artistic, academic, social, cultural, sporting and intellectual are equally valued.
Our partnership is more than just a place to work - it is a thriving community, proud of its past and confident in its future.
Secondary subjects include English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, physics with mathematics, computer science, geography, history, art and design, design and technology, drama, physical education, modern foreign languages, music, religious education and social sciences.
If you are passionate about teaching, ambitious, reflective and with excellent communication skills and a desire to positively influence and transform young people’s lives, we look forward to receiving your application for one of our programmes.
For more information, please see https://www.highamlaneschool.co.uk/partnership
About the accredited body
The School of Education has a long and successful history of teacher training and a strong reputation for producing graduate teachers prized by schools. It is located in the heart of Leicester within 5 minutes walk of the railway station and the main University of Leicester campus with its student support services and award winning library. It is a proactive partner with schools and alliances who offer the University of Leicester PGCE via the School Direct route. Students benefit from wide-ranging and consistently high quality experiences.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are proud to be a fully-inclusive training provider. Schools within our partnership attract applicants and trainees from a diverse range of age groups, backgrounds and needs. We are a welcoming, supportive and inclusive community, that everyone can feel part of.
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Shanklin Drive, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV10 0BJ
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