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Overview

The primary teacher education course is designed for graduates who are committed to becoming primary school teachers. It trains you to teach children in the five -to-11 age range.

As a trainee you will learn how to teach the entire primary curriculum as well as choosing a particular route.  On the Humanities and Religious Education (RE) route you will gain the additional skills, knowledge and confidence to take on a leadership role in the field in the future. Humanities subjects include History, Geography and Citizenship.

East London offers multicultural, multilingual and vibrant schools in which to learn, but your training at UEL will qualify you to teach anywhere in England or Wales.

Our PGCE team is made up of experienced practitioners who have worked in a range of primary and Early Years settings across London as classroom teachers, curriculum co-ordinators, advisory teachers and school leaders.

At UEL you will be part of a diverse community of students. We want to bring to east London a teacher workforce that reflects the local community and, in 2013-14, 24 per cent of our Primary PGCE trainees were men.

What makes this course different

94% of graduates working in teaching

94% of graduates working in teaching

Within six months of completing the course, 94 per cent of UEL Primary PGCE trainees have secured a teaching post.

Qualified Teacher Status

Qualified Teacher Status

The University of East London has a particularly strong track record of supporting men and trainees from culturally diverse groups to gain Qualified Teacher Status.

30% of new teachers in Redbridge came from UEL

30% of new teachers in Redbridge came from UEL

In September 2014, the London Borough of Redbridge recruited 132 Newly Qualified Teachers, its highest number to date. Of these, 30 per cent came from UEL.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will learn how to be a primary class teacher. By the end of the year, you will understand how to teach the entire primary curriculum to a class of 30 pupils and be confident and competent in doing so.

You will leave the course with outstanding subject knowledge across the curriculum. You will have an understanding of how to plan and deliver engaging and motivating lessons and how to support your pupils' progress.

You will learn how to identify the strength and needs of your pupils and make sure that everyone in your class is included and challenged.

You will understand how to assess pupils' learning, how to spot the gaps in their learning and how to plan to fill those gaps.

Everyone on the Primary PGCE learns how to teach the whole curriculum. We will give you the confidence and skills you need to teach every subject. 

There will also be extra sessions that focus on humanities and Religious Education. You will explore and consider the implications of subject leadership and enhanced subject knowledge in either humanities or RE/Citizenship, to be able to support colleagues and improve outcomes for pupils in the primary phase. You will research, both locally and nationally, so that expertise in pedagogical and assessment approaches are engaging, motivating and inspiring for children in the primary phase.

You will also explore best practice to support to identify, adopt and model outstanding practice (inc. using additional adults; quality classroom resources) and become familiar, evaluate and signpost colleagues to quality online resources relevant to RE/citizenship and/or geography/history. You will also consider the 'Big Ideas' for RE, NATRE (National Association of Teachers of Religious Education), locally agreed syllabi, the transition from KS2 to KS3 and using the environment to support teaching in humanities/RE/citizenship.

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MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    School-Based Learning: Reflections on Practice (Mental Wealth)

    This module focuses on the development of professional practice in a practical context. It provides an initial experience of teaching and learning in a secondary school environment. This module focuses on best practice in secondary teaching, based on current research. With the support of an experienced mentor this module aims:

    · to support students in understanding a range of key issues and curriculum initiatives related to teaching practice, and to implement this knowledge during their school-based experience;

    · to enable students to meet the relevant Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status;

    · to enable students to support children’s learning and development effectively in the classroom.

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    Developing Subject Expertise and Subject Specialism

    · To use mechanisms to identify areas of development within the chosen subject

    · To select one area of development to improve expertise

    · To implement strategies to develop subject expertise within the chosen area of development

    · To understand pedagogy and its impact upon learning within the chosen subject.

    · To identify the different pedagogic models related to the chosen area of development

    · To develop and implement a pedagogic approach that is appropriate and relevant to context of the chosen area of development.

    · To reflect on the implementation of the pedagogic model and to identify modifications or adaptations for future practice.

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    Active Enquiry and Intervention: Impacting upon Learner Progress

    • To develop knowledge and understanding of critical thinking, reflective practice and educational research;
    • To develop an awareness of action research - its processes, practices and relevance for reflective educational practice and change;
    • To develop knowledge of pedagogy, through primary research and the critical evaluation of theory and literature;
    • For trainee teachers to carry-out a classroom intervention informed by reading and research activity and to reflect critically on the process;
    • To demonstrate a practical appreciation of evidence-informed teaching;
    • To identify appropriate classroom strategies to develop learning and teaching which are informed through educational research, evidence and scholarship.
    • To apply classroom strategies informed by scholarship to a specific educational context and setting.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

You will spend most of the first five weeks at the School of Education and Communities, in our purpose-built education building. Here we will look at pedagogy (how to teach) and curriculum (what to teach).

You will develop your knowledge of all subjects and your understanding of how to support pupils' learning across the curriculum.

There are keynote lectures, with follow-up seminars in which you will discuss aspects of teaching, such as behaviour management and pupil progress, with your fellow trainees.

In addition, you will spend 12 hours over the year developing your knowledge and understanding of the humanities subjects of history, geography and citizenship as well as Religious Education. 

Each session will have a specific focus and before each one there will be reading, tasks and research to complete. 

There are two blocks of full-time school-based training on the course, each twelve weeks long. Your first teaching placement will usually start at the beginning of October.

Your UEL tutors will decide where you go on placement and arrange for it to be as convenient as possible for you.

You will be teaching, not helping, on the placement. You will start off working with groups of pupils, but your role is not to help the teacher - it is to support and increase the pupils' learning.

You will have a school-based mentor (a teacher employed by the school) as well as a professional tutor from UEL who will visit you during each placement. This is partly to moderate and assess the quality of your work, but also to give you support, guidance and feedback.

In principle, your two placements will be in different schools. However, schools sometimes ask for trainees to return for a second placement.    

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

Your course will lead to the recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You also have to complete assignments that contribute to your understanding of teaching and learning and carry academic credit, leading to the award of a PGCE.

You will complete two Level 7 (master's level) assignments. For both of these you will need to read and understand literature about good practice and then think and write about your own practice. The 60 Level 7 credits will contribute to the PGCE award.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

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"Studying at UEL has given me the opportunity to encourage, develop and support moments of creativity in children that I know I will remember throughout my career. Their approach in guiding their students is what has helped and inspired me throughout this year – something that I am eternally grateful for."

Bharat Singh

Primary PGCE student 2014-2015

Dockland Campus

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

By working alongside schools and local authorities in our region, we are helping to meet the need for teachers in our local area and many of our students are offered posts by our partner schools. Some trainees have been offered jobs at schools where they have spent their placement.

Schools and local authorities have told us that they think our trainees are of a high standard. OFSTED's 2012 inspection report quotes one school as saying, "They arrive in schools ready to start teaching and are well prepared for the rigours of the classroom."

Backed by UEL's excellent reputation, you will have a head start when it comes to securing a teaching post.

And when you are in a post and decide that you wish to take your academic qualifications further, we can help you to continue your academic and professional development.

Your PGCE will earn you 60 master's level credits, which can count towards further qualifications on master's courses at UEL.

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