About the course
This course will not only prepare you to teach Physical Education (PE) across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement in secondary schools, but will provide you with valuable knowledge so you develop into an effective classroom practitioner. Providing you with a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding, the course will foster and develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people. Newman can offer you a rich diversity of partnership schools, through a combination of supportive school experiences and active teaching and learning sessions you will develop as a teaching professional.
Students are encouraged to develop into reflective teachers; practitioners who can respond effectively to the learning needs of young people in school and apply imaginatively the principles underpinning a broad and balanced physical education programme.
A significant part of the course will be spent in schools obtaining valuable classroom experience under the supervision of trained mentors and Newman lecturers.
The rich diversity of partner schools ensures a variety of school contexts within which teaching skills can be developed. Nationally recognised sports coaching courses are also available to students studying this course at Newman.
The Teaching Agency has professional standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) in relation to:
- Professional Values and Practice
- Knowledge and Understanding
The major aim of the PGCE course is to enable you to meet those standards.
In addition to developing knowledge of the secondary PE curriculum you can also expect to focus on classroom management, lesson planning and assessment techniques, learning and teaching styles and strategies.
Newman University’s international links in both Europe and South Africa have developed thriving partnerships that have produced a wealth of resources that allows PE trainees to incorporate an international dimension into their teaching e.g. the Create to Innovate programme (developed in through links with learners in South African townships).
• You may have the opportunity to benefit from Newman’s International involvement by contrasting UK teaching to that in overseas locations
• Teaching comprises a balanced mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, school-based experience and fieldwork to furnish you with transferable skills
• Individual development will be assessed in a variety of ways throughout your course including the evaluation and monitoring of professional classroom competencies by school-based mentors supported by Newman tutors
Our aim is to make this a two way informative process that is as enjoyable as possible, despite being an interview. We want every candidate to have the opportunity to demonstrate their potential to be a good teacher and to thrive as a teacher in their following career.
Full details of the interview process will be sent to applicants who have progressed successfully to this stage, further details can also be found on the Newman website.
Interview candidates will be invited to our Faculty of Education to meet academic staff and tutors.
The interview day is made up of 2 main components:
● Micro-teaching session with a small group of other candidates,
Interviewers will be looking for you to include: a brief introduction; a main body, engaging the audience and making good use of the available time; a definitive ending summarizing the learning
● Personal interview. The interviewer will use your personal statement as a starting point, to find out about you and your interests, experiences and skills relevant to becoming a teacher
We will be looking for:
● Your passion to become an outstanding teacher
● Good communication skills, including an ability to speak confidently and communicate effectively with individuals and groups
● a knowledge of the National Curriculum in your subject or age area and current educational developments
How school placements work
Teaching experiences take place in two blocks of 7 and 12 weeks respectively. Students are placed in a number of local schools so as to gain as much experience as possible. During the PGCE year you are offered a variety of other experiences including working in primary schools, outdoor education sessions and special educational needs (SEN) schools so as to further develop your skills and knowledge.
You will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. School-based learning includes observation of experienced teachers, a structured programme of group and whole class teaching and a series of directed activities to explore whole school issues. In addition, there is the opportunity to develop your own professional interests through individual experiences. You will be encouraged to explore further aspects of PE education with groups of pupils across the age and ability range, including those with special educational needs.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
An Honours degree of which sports or a sports related subject forms part, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
GCSEs (or in exceptional circumstances their equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (grade C previously). Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment.
School experience is desirable, but not an essential requirement prior to interview. However, having experience in a school allows you to add additional information at interview about the experience that you have had when working with children
The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview. Candidates must attend an interview at Newman University.
Obtaining a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance and meeting the requirements for Fitness to Teach are also required.
About the training provider
The Faculty of Education at Newman University has been training teachers for over fifty years and has an established reputation for producing high quality teachers, who understand the needs of the children they teach, and develop creative and effective practice. Newman’s experienced tutors and strong relationships with schools throughout the West Midlands will support your learning and ensure high quality education.
These courses will support you with key strategies to become an effective and confident teacher. The PGCE programme is designed to develop and enhance knowledge and understanding of how to become an effective and creative teacher. Upon completion you will be recommended for QTS and may apply for newly qualified teacher roles with an advanced skill set ready to embark upon a successful and rewarding career within the classroom.
The Primary PGCE is available in two options: 3-7 (Early Years/KS1) or 5-11 (KS1/KS2). We offer the following subjects at secondary level: Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science: Biology/Chemistry/Physics.
The Post Graduate Certificate in Education is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.
“High-calibre trainees and NQTs who demonstrate exceptional professional attitudes. They share a passion for teaching and a desire to continually improve their teaching skills. They are held in high regard by local head teachers.” Ofsted 2015
Training with disabilities and other needs
Around 20% of our students tell us they have some additional support requirements, last year we advised over 800 applicants and current students with:
• Specific Learning difficulties e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia
• Hearing or Visual loss
• Physical, mobility and dexterity difficulties
• Medical conditions e.g. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, arthritis, ME, MS, cancer, HIV, heart conditions, etc.
• Mental Health difficulties e.g. depression, anxiety, Bi-polar, etc.
• Other e.g. autism, speech difficulties, ADD/ADHD, disfigurements, severe allergies, etc.
We believe all students should be equally able to access the services and facilities we provide and participate fully in University life. We can:
• Advise you about services internally and externally to the University.
• Help address any concerns about access (environmental or information), and liaise with academic staff about any individual arrangements required
• Advise about Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) and other funding sources, which can help fund equipment, software, travel costs or one-to-one support to help access your university studies. Visit www.gov.uk/ and search for ‘disabled students’ allowances’.
• Identify individual arrangements which may help you study more effectively, including issues around missing sessions or concerns about deadlines due to health-related difficulties
We strongly encourage you to indicate that you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or health condition on your application form. This information will be considered separately from your academic suitability for your chosen course, but it helps us understand your access requirements and ensure you have what you need in place to succeed in your studies.
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