The PGCE Secondary English programme is designed to meet the Standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to develop specialist secondary teachers in English.
It aims to do this with our Secondary Partnership Schools, many of which are situated in East London where skills of educating children in a multicultural, multilingual urban environment are paramount.
Overall the programme aims to produce effective teachers who are able to operate as reflective practitioners. To fit this description you should:
The PGCE: Secondary English is a partnership programme. This means that it has been written and developed in collaboration with Local Authorities and local schools. The majority of the your time will be spent in schools observing, planning and teaching lessons, considering how the theory and the practice link together and, of course, working with children in classroom settings.
You will be studying in a diverse community of trainees from a range of different subjects as well as studying alongside fellow English trainees. You will take part in the Virtual Schools project which involves working as a team with fellow trainees from different subject areas to address real life issues and challenges which may arise in schools.
Many themes such as equal opportunities, bilingualism, meeting the needs of children with special educational needs etc. underpin the taught programme.
The subject studies elements of the programme focus on teaching English as a curriculum subject. These sessions aim to:
The programme normally runs over 36 weeks from September to July. Twenty-four weeks will be spent in partner schools generally split into two separate and contrasting placements. The remaining time will be taken up in seminars, tutorials and assignment activities designed to support your professional development.
Effective learning requires a range of teaching strategies. So within the course of the year you will be engaged in seminars and workshops as well as attending more traditional lectures. These activities will additionally be supported by web-based learning.
The school placements are supported by external training visits, as well as by school based mentors.
For the award of PGCE all of the required assignments need to be passed. In order to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status you have to demonstrate that you have met all of the Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status To this end there is ongoing assessment of your planning, teaching and assessment of pupils which will be logged in your QTS File which you are required to keep. The School Experience Placements are assessed by observation carried out by UEL and school-based staff.
The whole programme is designed around a set of Professional Standards that are nationally agreed as the first step in building an effective career in teaching. All of the assignments are professionally based and designed to assess aspects of the Standards as well as your level of academic engagement.
Each trainee has an assigned mentor in school whose role it is to support, monitor and assess you.
You need the following CAE score:
Minimum required score (Grade C):
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.
Application is through the Graduate Teacher Training Register (GTTR). You will need to demonstrate through the GTTR form and at interview that you:
The process of selection will involve:
UEL is also required to ensure that potential entrants:
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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