Teaching London PGCE Primary Education
This School Direct teacher training course is run in partnership with over 70 excellent primary schools in the London area. It is highly rated by trainees, schools and Ofsted and provides you with a thorough training in primary school teaching.
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London PGCE Primary – School Direct programme
As a School Direct programme you will spend the majority of your time in schools learning from the very best teachers on the job. You will teach in at least two primary schools, one of which will be your ‘home’ school. Generally, trainees spend the teaching element in the same school in terms 1 and 3, with a second school placement during the middle term. This is designed so that you get a contrasting environment and can experience the diversity in schools. There is also the opportunity to gain experience in a Special School.
As a Teaching London PGCE Primary trainee you will be immersed in school life from the beginning of the course. You will be in a classroom with a mentor and have the opportunity to observe high quality teaching from the start. The schools in our partnership are highly supportive of all trainees, and you will be encouraged to try teaching small groups and ten the whole class during the year.
In addition to the practical classroom experience you will enjoy, there is a wealth of centre-based lectures to attend which will enhance your subject knowledge, give you practical ideas for your teaching and unpin it all with educational theory to develop you to become a highly effective and reflective practitioner.
Supporting you for the duration of the course will be school based and personal mentors who will be available to guide you in your journey towards becoming an outstanding primary school teacher.
During lectures, you will focus particularly on the development of your subject knowledge in the core subjects: English (including phonics), Mathematics and Science. Included in the London PGCE primary training you will also cover:
- Child Protection & Safeguarding
- Theories of Learning
- Behaviour for Learning
- Effective Planning
- Assessment for Learning
- Working with pupils with special educational needs and disability (SEND)
- Working with pupils who speak English as an additional language
- Social, moral, spiritual and cultural education and the ways in which these link with Fundamental British Values
- Religious Education
- Core and Foundation subjects and related pedagogies (Primary trainees)
How you are assessed
We undertake a wide range of assessment activities and track your progress against the Teachers’ Standards. These take a variety of forms including:
- The application and interview process
- Subject knowledge audits
- Weekly teaching observations
- Visits from your link tutor
- Weekly meetings with your school-based mentor
- Regular review points throughout the academic year to monitor your progress towards QTS
- Written assignments and presentations
The University of St Mark and St John (Marjon), our validating body, will award your PGCE. They quality assure all aspects of your academic progress and outcomes to ensure it remains of the highest quality.
Teaching London PGCE Primary qualifications
At the end of the year you will qualify with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a university accredited PGCE which includes 60 Masters’ Level Credits. This is one third of a Master’s Degree. All of our graduates are employed in teaching following the course so the icing on the cake is that you can be assured of getting a job (unless you wish to take time off!) at the end of all your hard work.
The Post Graduate Certificate of Education enables you to:
- develop your subject knowledge and related pedagogies
- critically reflect and analyse your planning and teaching in specific curriculum areas
- understand how pupils learn best and how teaching impacts on progress
- demonstrate your critical engagement with research underpinning professional practice
Teaching in London is a demanding yet highly rewarding job, and training with Teaching London will give you the best possible start to your teaching career.
London PGCE Primary Course Options
Should you apply to Teaching London or to a Lead School?
All our courses are School Direct PGCE courses but you have two choices in how you apply:
Apply to Teaching London via UCAS and we will find and choose you schools that we think are a good match for you.
Apply to one of our Lead Primary Schools who will find you schools within their cluster of partner schools.
In both cases you get the same top quality Teaching London training programme, the same centre-based lectures and the same excellent support. If you apply to one of the Lead Schools they will be organising interviews and will decide whether or not to offer you a place in one of their schools. Otherwise, we will do so. Have a look at our Lead Primary Schools and see if you have a Lead Primary School in your area – or check out our schools map to see the wider list of all schools in the partnership.
Which Age Group?
You also have a choice when you apply for a Teaching London PGCE as to which age group to specialise in.
You can opt to specialise in one of the following age ranges:
- Early years 3 – 7 years
- Primary 5 – 11 years
- General primary 3 – 11 years
You are advised to gain some school experience before applying which will help you decide which is right for you.
What to select on the Teaching London UCAS page
If you are applying to the SCITT and want us to find a school for you, select one of our red courses at the top of the list depending on the age range you wish to specialise in.
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If you wish to apply direct to one of our Lead Primary Schools, you will find them listed underneath.
This is just the start of the list: