Content of Programme
This route is suitable for highly qualified and experienced individuals who are already working in education in a support role, or career changers with at least three years’ work experience in industry as well as some school experience. This is an accelerated programme, which, like the tuition-fee route, combines university tuition and practical experience in two Teach Maidenhead schools. Whilst we recommend that salaried trainees opt for QTS plus PGCE they can consider the QTS only route after discussions with Teach Maidenhead and Reading University.
The Secondary Computer Science course at Reading:
1. is taught by staff with national and international reputations as being experts in the field of ICT, digital literacy and Computer Science (CS) in education;
2. is informed by current initiatives and policies in the field of ICT and CS, including being involved and actively participating in CAS (Computing At School)/BCS (British Computer Society) initiatives;
3. is taught through a series of practical seminars, workshops, microteaching activities as well as independent and group research;
4. is taught in purpose-built ICT suite with an extensive range of resources;
5. examines a range of pedagogical approaches to ICT and CS teaching;
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Subject Entry Requirements
Applicants will possess or be likely to achieve a good (ie. 2:2 or above) honours degree in an ICT or computing-related subject. This covers a broad range of courses including computing, business ICT and multimedia.
We may also consider you if your degree is not in ICT/Computer Science, but you have considerable practical ICT knowledge and experience of ICT or Computing training or teaching
Applicants are very strongly encouraged to undertake up to a week’s practical work experience in a school (preferably a Teach Maidenhead school), prior to interview.
This programme is taught through on-the job learning in schools and supporting theory taught on Campus.
You will be assessed against the eight Teachers’ Standards, based on the evidence of your teaching, your wider contribution to school life and your ability to reflect on and evaluate these experiences. Assessment will be carried out in school and moderated by your University tutor.
You will also write three assignments. These are designed to deepen your reflection on your school experience in the light of educational research, and to develop your ability to research your own practice. As well as being assessed in their own right, the assignments will contribute evidence towards your assessment against the Teachers’ Standards.
Trainees undertake placements in two of the five partnership schools, one of which will be their main teaching practice school.