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PGCE Primary & Early Years Programme

Presentation toCoventry University

Paul PurserProgramme Leader Primary PGCE Early Years

I believe the only way to really learn this is to just get on and do it.

I believe the only way to really learn this is to just get on and do it.

I believe the only way to really learn this is to just get on and do it.PGCE Course Aims

The aim of the PGCE Primary and Early Years course is to enable you to become reflective, critical, enquiring and challenging primary teachers, able to respond flexibly to changing circumstances and to continue to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills throughout your professional lives.

At the heart of the course is the value of the child and the aim of the course is to produce teachers who understand the needs of children and who are able to undertake their role in meeting the needs of all children within the classroom. Full Time course (one academic year)

5 days per week September to July

Route Options

3-7 Route

5-11 Route

Maths Specialism

Basic Course Structure for all (3-7 & 5-11) routes

80 days faculty based training (face to face or directed study)

120 days school based training and experience (practising and school staff led, divided into three blocks)

Time in school is sub-divided into:

School based training SE 1a and SE1 1b Assessed School based training SE2 Assessed Placement


DfE, 2012, Teacher StandardsPrimary Focus Module

For one module you must choose a specific focus to develop an area of specific strength:

Both 3-7 and 5-11 route trainees may choose from:

MathsEnglishScienceForeign LanguagesSpecial Educational Needs


Maths Specialism Route follow Maths Primary Focus Provided you have an appropriate degree subject or qualificationPrimary Focus Module

Trainees on 3-7 route may instead, choose to study EARLY YEARS provided they have an Early Years level 6 qualification (e.g. BAECES)

If you choose Early Years as your Primary Focus option your qualification will be:

Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Early Years with QTS

All other trainees will qualify with:

Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Primary Education with QTS

What to expect:

Some sessions in a lecture theatre environment...

Most sessions will be in groups of approx. 35 and will be very interactive

What to expect:

What to expect: assessments

Combination of assessed coursework and teaching practice.

Assessments contribute towards meeting the Teacher Standards and the academic requirements for the award.

Trainee teachers need to be especially well organised and able to manage a busy workload.Wide variety of schoolsIn order to benefit from a variety of school experiences trainees must be prepared to travel to different placements

Professional Development Tutor (PDT)Your PDT will:

Meet with you regularly to review your progress on the course and set action pointsBe the first point of contact for course related issuesSuggest routes for further support if requiredSupport your professional developmentWrite your reference

17Working at Level 7

Level 1GCSELevel 2AS levelLevel 3A Level

Level 41st year undergraduate Level 52nd year undergraduate Level 63rd year undergraduate

Level 7Postgraduate (Masters)

Level 8Doctoral (PhD, EdD etc.)Level 7

Be aware of current debates, issues and controversies within Primary School Education.

Read behind the headlines on news websites, follow the links to the original research, look for different sides to the arguments and, above all, consider the evidence being used to advance particular positions.

Entry Requirements for PGCE

1st class or Upper 2nd Class (2:1) degree2:2 is accepted for strong candidates

GCSE grade C or equivalent in Mathematics, English and Science

Recent and relevant experience in a Primary School Setting

Passed DfE Skills Tests in literacy and numeracyApplication Form (UCAS website)


Personal Statement

Interview Morning

Provide evidence of qualificationsGroup Discussion TestGeneral Curriculum Knowledge Test

Interview Afternoon

One-to-one interview with tutor

Application ProcedureReferences

Choose one academic and one professional.

Personal Statement

Indicate clearly why you believe you are suited to both teaching in your chosen phase and this course.

Highlight experiences you have had focussing on what you have learned.DfE QTS Skills Tests in Literacy & Numeracy

Go to DfE Website and search for Skills Test Registration

Book the skills tests at your local centre.

You will not be allowed to start the course without having passed. Passing before interview is an advantage.

Each first attempt is free, re-sits are charged.If you fail three times, you must wait at least 2 years to try again.

You do not need to be registered to make use of the practice materials.

Seen Teaching FormPlease grade the candidate based on your observations of the candidate in the situation(s) described abovePoorShows PotentialExceeds ExpectationOutstandingClarity of communication with young peopleAbility to enthuse and engage young peoplePreparedness and organisationManaging behaviour and expectationsRobustness at moments of difficulty/calmness under pressureType of activity(ies) observed(Tick all/any that apply)Whole class (e.g. reading a story, introduction, plenary)Small Group (e.g. supporting differentiated teaching, planned focus activity)Informal (e.g. playground duty, before /after school, parent collecting, transitions)

General Curriculum Knowledge Test

70 Questions

Covers English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, RE, PE, Music, Art

Results provided before course starts

No pass mark but

Scores in English, maths and science will be used as part of the decision process.Preparing for the interview

Read about current issues in Primary Education

Be clear about why you want to teach in that age phase

Have a good idea of your own strengths and weaknesses

Expect to have questions about things mentioned in your personal statement

School Direct Version

Apply via the UCAS website

UCAS has a list of schools that take part

Some of those schools work with us so you would join our PGCE Programme

Different schools run different models:

SalariedUnsalariedAll modules with BCUSome modules with BCU & some in school

Most school experience takes place at the designated school (plus some experience at another)

School has a commitment to employ you afterwards if possible.Costs and Bursaries (approx. & subject to revision)

Main Costs:

Course Fees9000

Travel (to schools) ??

Government Bursaries:

1st Class Honours 3000

Upper 2nd Class Honours 3000

Primary Maths 6000 (Need B at A level or equivalent)



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