It is distinctive because it involves a mix of University input and school experience every week of the course, close attention to your individual needs and a genuine sense of partnership is nurtured with the schools we work with.
Based in partnership schools is the perfect combination of support as well as experienced staff with outstanding knowledge of pedagogy.
Subject Mentors in school and University based PGCE Development Tutors work together to provide trainees with frameworks that the trainee uses to build their skills and understanding in a way that reflects their own passions for their subject and its teaching
Assignments and school-centred activities are structured around the development of the associate teachers school experience "Teaching Folder" that demonstrates their progress against the nationally agreed competences (the Teachers’ Standards) which all teachers must meet throughout their career.
You must have a good degree (minimum 2:2 but 2:1 or 1st preferred) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent in Art and Design or an art-related subject.
You must also have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to enrolment.
At interview you will also need to present a portfolio of personal work which should include a selection of work completed before, during and after your degree.
The selection interview will assess your subject knowledge and personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.
We strongly suggest you have at least 10 days secondary school experience where you have been observing lessons and the art department.