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Overview

This 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. The Mathematics route is designed to give you additional expertise in supporting the teaching and learning of mathematics so that you will have the confidence to take on a leadership role in the subject in the future.

East London offers multicultural, multilingual and particularly 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 primary practitioners who have worked in a range of primary and Early Years settings across London as classroom teachers, curriculum coordinators, advisory teachers and school leaders.

At UEL you will be part of a diverse community of students. Part of our mission is 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 male.

What makes this course different

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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.

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QTS 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.

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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. You will be equipped with a range of strategies to keep pupils enthused, engaged and motivated.

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.

The Mathematics route will also enhance your knowledge and understanding of current thinking in the field of primary mathematics. 

You will raise your awareness of some of the key issues and investigate approaches, particularly to financial education.

"You grow to expect the unexpected in east London. When the unexpected confronts you in your teaching career, you'll be ready," says Andrew Read, Head of Primary Initial Teacher Education. "You get a rich experience in east London, in particular working with pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and pupils for whom English is an additional language."

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MODULES

  • Core Modules
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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.
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    Developing and extending understanding of a specific area/subject (SEN)

    · To support trainees in engagement with theory/research to support and reflect on classroom practice and pedagogy.

    · To understand the development of children’s learning, drawing on the contribution of key theorists and identify different pedagogic models.

    · Provide a critical review of the relevant background reading.

    · Monitor and evaluate, through observational records, the development of the children’s learning

    · Provide a critical appraisal of learning with reference to a focus student.

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

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

You will spend most of the first seven 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 will be one keynote lecture per week, with follow-up seminars in which you will discuss aspects of teaching, such as behaviour management and pupil progress, with your fellow trainees.

During this initial period, you will spend Mondays in schools, observing. Here, you will develop your understanding of learning and teaching by watching examples of good or outstanding practice.

In addition, you will spend 12 hours over the year developing your knowledge and understanding of primary mathematics. 

Each session will have a specific focus and there will be pre-session reading, tasks and research to complete. You will develop your skills in order to lead a mathematics session at UEL for a visiting group of children from a local school.

There are three blocks of full-time school-based training on the course, each eight weeks long. Your first teaching placement will usually start in the middle 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 three placements will be in different schools. However, schools sometimes ask for trainees to return for a second placement. 

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

You are assessed against the Teachers' Standards, leading to recommendation for 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

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

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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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.

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

The course is not intended to qualify you as a mathematics specialist, as this implies a level of expertise that comes, in part, from experience. However, we hope that the course will inspire you to pursue mathematics as a strength in your future career.

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.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.