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Welcome from the PGCE Secondary Course Director

Welcome from the PGCE Secondary Course Director

Welcome to the PGCE Secondary 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 secondary curriculum.  It will prepare you to teach your own subject specialism(s) as well as considering how overarching themes, such as creativity, critical thinking, identity and cultural diversity are necessary components of a pupil’s experiences at school.  Specifically, you will develop your understanding of how teachers encourage their pupils to be successful learners and confident individuals who can make positive contributions to the school and wider communities.

The course is challenging, combining 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.  You will work with your peers within your own subject specialism(s) and also across the curriculum with colleagues from other secondary subjects.  Working in this way reflects the high priority given in the teaching profession to working as a team with colleagues.

The Masters Level modules will support your ongoing professional development beyond the course and into your career as a teacher.

There are further opportunities to develop your areas of interest through personal research and seminar discussions supported by reflections on school experience.  This work, together with visits and a course programme enriched with input from school colleagues and your tutors, will enable you to extend your skills and your knowledge 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 but exciting year where it will be essential that you carefully organise your time in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Your tutors are looking forward to meeting with you on what is a challenging but rewarding course.

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

Rebecca Smith

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Area Lead for PGCE Secondary