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Welcome from the Course Director

Welcome from the Course Director

Welcome to the PGCE Primary Teaching course at the School of Education, Kingston University.  We hope that you will enjoy your year with us and find it stimulating and rewarding.  The course has proved to be highly successful with a very high percentage of students gaining a first teaching appointment.

The PGCE course consists of a challenging combination of modules designed to stimulate your thinking and develop your knowledge of the primary curriculum.  It will prepare you to teach the Primary National Curriculum subjects and consider how overarching themes, such as creativity, critical thinking, identity and cultural diversity are necessary components of a child’s experiences at school.  Specifically, you will develop your understanding of how teachers encourage children to be successful learners and confident individuals who can make positive contributions to the school and wider communities.

The course is challenging as it combines intensively taught components with experience in school and wider educational contexts.  In addition, there will be many opportunities to work collaboratively with your peers, tutors and teachers to help you meet the demands of post graduate study leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status.  Working in this way reflects the high priority given in the teaching profession to working as a team with colleagues.

There are further opportunities to develop your areas of interest through personal research and seminar discussions supported by reflections of school experience.  This work, together with fieldwork, visits and a course programme enriched with inputs from school colleagues and your tutors, should enable you to extend your knowledge and skills of innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

This introductory material provides you with important information and also outlines some required activities, to be undertaken before you commence the course in September.  This will start to prepare you for what will be a demanding year where it will be essential that you carefully organise your study time in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Your tutors are looking forward to meeting with you on what we hope will be a challenging but rewarding course.

In the meantime, if there is anything further you wish to know or have clarified, please get in touch.

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Mari Jo Valentine

PGCE Primary Course Director