About Secondary Initial Teacher Training
The primary aim of all our teacher training programmes is to enable you to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Over the training programme we want you to develop into the best teacher you can be. This in itself will soak up a large part of your energy and commitment.
Trainees often report that planning for lessons can sometimes take 4 hours for each one hour lesson. It will get faster as you become more skilled and more confident but you need to be under no illusions that gaining QTS is demanding in its own right. If you pass all your assignments and meet the Teachers' Standards, then recommendations for QTS will be made by UEL.
A few years ago the QAAHE, the organisation, which scrutinises university awards in the UK, decided that universities would have to change what the ‘P’ stands for in PGCE to make the level of the qualification clear:
The PGCE qualification you will be completing is set at Masters level/Level 7 assignment work hence you will get a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
Most universities in the UK, including UEL, now set their courses at Master’s (‘M’) level. What is consistent across all M Level study in every institution is the opportunity for the practitioner i.e. the trainee teacher, to explore research and academic literature in greater depth.
A great deal of initial teacher education places key emphasises upon the role that reflection plays in the ongoing formation of classroom skills. Added to reflective practice is the need to try and engage with the research literature – and most importantly of all, to link the theory and your own practice together. This is no different at 'M' level.
Without the context of your own reflective practice, many issues and themes in the academic study of education might seem slightly obscure or abstract. But linked to your practice, they hopefully provide you with some powerful tools to begin to think about your own teaching and classroom experiences in more depth.
The introduction of M level learning into teacher education programmes provides an opportunity to really try and immerse yourself in some key and powerful debates around education, schooling and practice. All through your professional role, remember that the best teachers fully admit to still being learners themselves.
This learning can focus upon both practice and theory – and, most importantly, the interplay between the two. Studying at 'M' level allows you the opportunity to achieve this.
You will be registered for PGCE with Masters level credits. This includes 2 assignments at 30 credits (i.e. 60 credits). The assignments and study will be around:
- Becoming a Reflective Subject Practitioner
- New and Emerging Technologies in Secondary Education
As teaching increasingly moves into a Masters level profession you can expect to see a flood of books on the market introducing trainee teachers to 'M' level debates, issues and thinking.