About the course
The Physical Education (PE) PGCE course prepares Associate Teachers (ATs) to teach all areas of the PE National Curriculum at Secondary level and aims to prepare successful applicants to develop into reflective, proactive practitioners through an on-going analysis of their own progress. All ATs follow a core syllabus that focuses on the skills, knowledge and concepts related to effective learning and teaching within the secondary classroom.
An audit against Teachers’ Standards is completed at the start of the course and is used to help inform teaching provision and target setting to maximise progression and understanding. Teaching is based on lectures, workshops, skills training and seminars with individual support through tutorials forming an integral feature of the programme.
ATs are supported and encouraged to develop ideas in the delivery of the attainment targets in PE across all subject content areas in secondary education. The course reflects the very latest teaching ideas in PE, responding to the needs and changes both within Consortium schools and within the National Curriculum.
Course content for GCSE, A level, BTEC and leadership courses in PE and Sport are explored. The use of Information and Communication Technology is studied and utilised to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
A blend of practical experience and theory gained during the PGCE Physical Education course is assessed in a number of ways. Teaching knowledge, skills and understanding is monitored through the use of Teachers’ Standards Evidence Log compiled by the AT on a weekly basis, together with reflective commentary and the production of written academic assignments that focus on key aspects of pedagogical development.
The quality of relationships across the Consortium of schools is outstanding and is developed collaboratively at every stage to ensure that training is at the cutting edge of education. Effective communication is paramount to the continued success of this partnership, allowing WMC to map development needs with the best-placed partnership schools to ensure a tailored programme that is designed to suit all aspiring PE teachers.
WMC has established a fantastic reputation across the West Midlands. Historically, the majority of ATs have gained teaching posts before the end of their PGCE training period with a high percentage placed within partner schools. Headteachers frequently contact the Consortium directly when they have vacancies knowing that they can be confident of the quality of the AT that they are employing.
Applicants need to demonstrate concern and consideration for the welfare of the children, be willing to follow WMC and placement school procedures and liaise with a range of professionals to support children. Applicants will understand the responsibility of acting as a role model through demonstrating professional commitment to the conditions of service for a teacher, recognising the full responsibilities involved, and will have an awareness of the current National Curriculum arrangements for the age range that they will be teaching.
After initial selection based on application, successful candidates are invited to an interview day where they will participate in a number of activities. Candidates will be interviewed by the Course Leader along with the Director of the Consortium, a Senior Deputy Head Teacher or a subject specialist.
Candidates to gain a fuller insight into the nature of the course and the teaching profession. A short presentation will give candidates an outline of the PGCE PE programme, with opportunities to ask questions. Prior to interview, candidates will be given a practical task to prepare and then deliver to a group of KS3 students. This will be observed by the course leader and an experienced subject specialist.
Individual interviews are held with each applicant during which feedback relating to the practical session is discussed. Candidates are also asked to deliver a short presentation on a pre-determined topic, relating to the role of Physical Education in the curriculum. Candidates are also encouraged to bring a portfolio of evidence to support their application.
How school placements work
WMC has over 50 placement schools in and around the West Midlands region which includes placement schools in Staffordshire, Shropshire, and the West Midlands. The majority of placement schools have been working with WMC for over 15 years, with many Subject Mentors and PE teachers having progressed through the PGCE course with WMC previously. The geographical spread of schools means that all Associate Teachers should have a commute to their placement schools, of ideally, no more than 30 mins driving. The majority of schools include the full 11-18 age range, with some including the 11-16 age range without sixth form, or 9-14 years, middle school age.
Associate Teachers will experience teaching within two contrasting secondary placements, spending approximately 60 days in each placement. Placement A carries a 40% teaching commitment, initially beginning with a 3 day placement, leading to 4 and then a full 5 day teaching placement. The teaching commitment increases to 60% within Placement B where ATs will start with a 4 day placement before quickly moving to a full 5 day placement. Trainees will move towards an 80%, teaching commitment over the summer term which mirrors the commitment of a Newly Qualified Teacher. Associate Teachers are well supported during their placements by experienced Mentors within their placement schools.
As a trainee teacher, you will experience a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your individual needs. You will spend time observing, supporting group work and sharing classes with the teacher before moving towards independent teaching. As well as teaching, you will be expected to contribute generally to the wider life of the school, becoming an integral part of the school community.
The PGCE programme is very intensive and you will need to devote an extensive amount of time and effort to developing your teaching knowledge, skills and understanding whilst completing the course. Applicants should be prepared for a very busy, but enjoyable, year.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Physical Education Trainees will have the opportunity to gain a number of optional National Governing Body awards. These include: Basketball Level 1, Teachers Trampoline Level 1 & 2, Teachers Gymnastics Award, Level 3 Lowlands Expedition Leadership Award, First Aid at Work Qualification, Royal Life Saving Society Award, and iPads in Physical Education Certificate.
- Degree: A 2:2 honours degree or above ideally, but not essentially, in a subject related to sport.
- GCSE: You must have a Grade C (4), or better, in GCSE English Language and Mathematics
- Enhanced disclosure from DBS - Applicants will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service
Applicants must be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm for working with young people, communicate effectively in written and spoken English and be confident in their use of IT skills.
Applicants must recognise that studying to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is demanding and requires commitment beyond the standard working day; they will need to be able to manage their time effectively to maintain an appropriate 'work/life balance'.
Applicants must be able to make the best use of their existing subject knowledge, skills and understanding and be able to accept constructive feedback to support their progress and success throughout the course.
It is desirable, although not essential, that applicants have experience of working with young people, preferably within an educational context or through youth organisations.
About the training provider
“It has been an absolute pleasure to be a WMC student. The support right from the word go has been relentless and confirmed why I wanted to train through WMC. I have truly been a part of a family and I am sad to go. However, I go knowing that I have been provided with high quality training that is reflected in my standard of teaching. I feel privileged to have been trained by WMC.” WMC trainee, July 2018
West Midlands Consortium has effectively and successfully led and managed School Centred Initial Teacher Training Courses for over 20 years. We are a well-established leading provider for teacher training based at Thomas Telford School, the top performing non-selective comprehensive in England. Our primary and secondary training courses are highly effective in nurturing the talents of future generations of outstanding teachers and we have a proven track record of high employment and career progression. We strongly believe in fostering reflective, self-assured practionners who are confident in questioning and rationalising their progress and ability as teachers.
We pride ourselves on being a small provider with a big reputation. As a West Midlands Consortium trainee, you will be more than just a number – you will be a member of a select cohort. You will receive fantastic individualised support from your Course Leader and have access to expert advice and guidance from members of the WMC Team and from within our extensive range of Consortium schools.
Training with disabilities and other needs
If you have a disability or other specific need, please contact the Course Administrator to discuss how we are best able to support with your particular individual requirements.
Access for wheelchairs is not a problem. The school has a lift, and the car park for disabled drivers is right outside the main doors.
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