P.G.C.E.- Primary Programme
This programme is intended to train students wishing to teach in the 3-11 years age range and is judged by OFSTED to be one of the best PGCE programmes in the UK. Although organised as a single course, students choose whether to emphasise the upper (7-11 years) or lower (3-8 years) primary age range. Students also choose a specialism from English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communications Technology, History, Geography and advanced early years (3-5 years). The aim of the course is to produce newly-qualified teachers who demonstrate that they can teach effectively in their chosen age range. This involves being able to structure and manage pupils' experience in the classroom to promote sound and coherent learning; effectively organising activities and learning opportunities across the curriculum; managing pupils' behaviour and maintaining a purposeful learning environment; assessing pupils' learning and planning appropriate teaching; appreciating the rich variety of background and experience which children bring to school. The course reflects contemporary developments in policy and practice in primaryeducation. We recognise that teaching is a profession, not simply a job done by technicians. Students are required to recognise problems in their teaching, reflect and act upon these analytically, and to continuously seek to improve their practice through a process of reflection and self-evaluation. Students are also made aware of the corporate and personal implications of working collegially with other members of the profession.