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Overview

Applicants applying for postgraduate initial teacher training courses will now need to apply through the DfE for entry in September 2022.

This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11-to-16 age range, which qualifies you to be a teacher in secondary schools in England and Wales.

At the University of East London, we believe every child is entitled to a high-quality PE curriculum which places their physical, social, cognitive and emotional needs at the core of its purpose. 

As a PE student teacher, you will develop into someone who can be responsible for honing pupils' abilities in a range of democratic and lifetime movement activity choices - helping them to develop their movement literacy and important life skills, such as participation, voice, choice, and negotiation skills.

Our state-of-the-art SportsDock facility offers ideal on-site learning facilities in which to develop your teaching skills. But, we also use many of our partner schools to do our practical sessions when we are not in the classroom spaces.

There are three elements to secondary training with us: subject studies, general professional studies and school-based training. It differs from courses offered by other universities in that it is very much subject-based.

Our ethos is based on collaboration, not competition. We encourage you to work collaboratively just as you will when you qualify and start working in a school.

What makes this course different

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90% of trainees in a teaching post within six months

The overall proportion of our Secondary PGCE teacher trainees who are in a teaching post within six months of completing the course. Ahead of the sector average.

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100 partnership schools

The number of secondary schools we work with across East London and into Essex in which our students undertake full placements. When they gain employment, most of our students secure jobs within our partnership schools.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

We will support you to develop as a great PE teacher who can bring the subject to life by devising and delivering a diverse range of engaging lessons that educate and excite all pupils.

You will gain a range of skills, from teaching pupils about teamwork and getting involved in your placement schools' sports teams to learning how to manage classes during outdoor and indoor physical activities.

Once qualified, you will continue your professional development as you teach pupils how to plan, adapt and implement different tactics in a diverse range of team and individual games.

You will also learn about children and child development in the core Active Inquiry and Technology-Enhanced Learning modules.

If the topic is setting expectations for young people, for example, your seminar group discussion will look at what setting expectations means for a PE teacher compared to an English teacher or a design and technology teacher.

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 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.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

Physical Education student teachers undertake a residential outdoor activities trip at the start of the course to the Brecon Beacons, Wales.

We are superbly equipped for PE training. Initial Teacher Training is based in the purpose-built School of Education and Communities with specialist facilities available at our SportsDock complex, community venues such as Copperbox on the nearby Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and partner schools.

The university-based training initially consists of weekly lectures on themes that are then developed in seminar groups. You will work both in subject-specific groups and in mixed-subject groups.

We organise our training so that it feels like a school. We teach students mainly in small groups of 30 rather than in large lecture halls of 150 or 300 because it is important that you have plenty of time in your subject groups.

Your subject tutor will be like your form tutor at school. We believe that we should model good practice to you so that you can learn by example.

You will undertake long placements in contrasting schools, totalling 24 weeks. We work in partnership with over 100 schools and colleges to provide a high-quality programme of support.

You will be on placement from week three, so right from the beginning of your training you will have a strong link between theory and practice.

While an experienced teacher will be in the classroom with you, it is you who will be planning the lessons and teaching the lessons. You will start by observing the teacher, then helping. By the end of the Secondary PGCE course, you will be teaching 60 per cent of a normal teacher's timetable.

You will have the opportunity to visit additional schools and settings. For instance, if your first placement is in a mixed comprehensive school in Barking & Dagenham, then you might go to a single-sex faith school in Havering for your second one.
Our tutors and subject mentors will advise and support you throughout each placement as you learn to teach.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

To pass your PGCE and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, you have to demonstrate that you have met our curriculum drivers and the Teachers' Standards.

While the course is modular, the emphasis is on the whole process of your development as a teacher. So, rather than a fragmentary approach, there is ongoing assessment, charting the often subtle transformations in your knowledge and understanding, and your practical skills.

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.

Shrehan Lynch

Shrehan Lynch is a senior lecturer in Secondary Education.

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

The Secondary PGCE course at the University of East London was designed in 2001 in conjunction with the local authorities to address the secondary education teacher shortage in east London.

The partnership works with input and support from the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Redbridge.

It means that our graduates are represented in virtually every secondary school in east London. Some are now deputy heads or in senior management roles in schools that are taking our current trainees for their placements.

Across all subjects, from maths to modern languages, our teacher training graduates are acting as mentors to those following in their footsteps.

The partnership means that you have a head start when it comes to securing a teaching post in east London at the end of your training.

Both local authorities and individual schools visit our campus regularly to meet our trainees and advertise available vacancies.

You may also decide to undertake further study at the University of East London, either at the end of your course or after gaining teaching experience, perhaps specialising in Special Educational Needs or taking our MA Leadership in Education.

We also offer the opportunity for doctoral study to further develop your teaching knowledge and expertise.

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