About the course
Our popular English course aims to:
- provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become an effective and innovative teacher of English
- extend your awareness of the range and scope of English as a subject in schools today
- provide opportunities for you to experience and explore a variety of approaches to teaching the subject
- allow you to develop an appreciation of your own strengths and weaknesses
Over the course of the programme, you will be based in two of our Partnership schools where you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a teaching background.
The school-based activities involve structured classroom observations, planning and research projects and practical teaching - the latter starting by teaching individual pupils, eventually leading through group work to full classroom teaching.
The course is organised as three modules:
- Professional Issues in school based education
- Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
- Self-directed Study
These modules provide an opportunity to explore, in a more theoretical way, the issues to do with teaching and learning through lectures and mixed subject and phase seminar groups taught as a conference week usually after Christmas. In addition to covering Teacher standards these modules will enable assessment work to be carried out for the award of PGCE.
The English sessions are designed to enable you to engage in activities which will open up the subject from the viewpoints of both teacher and learner. You will be given opportunities to reflect critically upon current classroom practice and to draw on observation, teaching and research undertaken in schools. Some of the teaching for English Education will take place in a school setting.Sessions will usually include work on:
- The English teacher, The National Curriculum and literacy strategy
- Planning lessons and schemes of work
- Approaches to reading
- Writing and responding
- Assessment in English
- Teaching Poetry
- Speaking and listening
- Classroom management and English teaching
- English at key stage 4
- Drama in the English Curriculum
- Special Needs
- Shakespeare in Schools
- English post 16
- Media Studies
Sessions will embrace a number of themes which do not appear under separate headings: mixed ability classes, drafting, managing group work, IT, knowledge about language, gender and multicultural issues. You will be expected to work in a variety of ways including group-work, individual writing, seminars and student-led discussions.
The interview will usually be conducted by two members of the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) team; one will be an academic member of staff from within the School of Education whilst the other will be a colleague from a local school involved in the professional aspect of the course.
The interview will explore the interviewee's experiences and provide them the best opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and desire to become an English teacher.
The interview session will comprise of three parts – a welcome presentation, a short written task as well as an individual interview (which includes a short 5 minute presentation). The time at which you must report for your interview session will be clearly indicated on your interview email and you will be allocated your individual interview time on arrival. Your written task should be handed in to reception once completed.
How school placements work
You will be required to meet the minimum of 120 days in School.
The programme is designed to accomplish this in a phased manner to guide and support your development.
In addition to several days per week in schools, split with University class based sessions. The block practices in the Autumn and Spring allow for practical opportunities for full professional development where there is a progression from observation, structured activities and group work to whole class work.
The block placements will be in different schools to give you the widest range of teaching experience and working across different teaching key stages.
Our partnership spreads across County Durham and beyond, so we work closely with schools and applicants to find the most appropriate placements. You may be expected to travel for up to an hour to a placement school.
You will have an opportunity in advance of the programme start date to advise us of your living arrangements & transport options to assist us in finding the most appropriate placements
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
- The equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree of which approximately 50% is comprised of English or a closely related subject
- An A level in Englis at Grade b or above if your degree is not in English and you wish to apply for a SKE
- •GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 4 (or C) or above (or equivalent) which must be achieved at the time of application
•A demonstrable interest and involvement in the lives and development of young people
- Your professional and interpersonal qualities and your commitment to teaching will be considered when making an admissions decision
Successful candidates will require:
- Enhanced DBS check carried out by Durham University
- Be declared Fit to teach
About the training provider
We are very proud to be one of the leading departments for education in the UK, as we regularly feature in the top five in national university league tables such as 5th in the Guardian University Guide 2020 as well as 3rd in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, and 9th in the Complete University Guide 2020. We also rate highly in the world rankings, 74th in the QS World University Rankings 2019.
As a Department, we also lead the way in high quality research, 5th in the field of education nationally and joint 1st in the UK for world-leading research impact. Together with our OFSTED outstanding rated Initial Teacher Education provision we are a major contributor in the field of education.
You can be assured of high quality teaching as we have been awarded the highest possible accolade, Gold, in the Teaching Excellent and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).
Training with disabilities and other needs
Durham University has a Disability support team who offer advice and guidance to both prospective and current students within the University. We also arrange appropriate provision for disabled students, as well as offer support to those who think they may have a disability.
The School of Education has successfully supported students with learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairments to obtain QTS and become teachers.
The School of Education is situated on the Hild Bede site where access can be limited in places for those with a physical disability. Please contact us for more information or check on the Access Go site which has up to date information :
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School of Education, Leazes Road, Durham, Durham DH1 1TA
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