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 English course at Reading:
1. is taught by staff with national and international reputations as being experts in the field of English in education
2. is taught through a series of practical seminars and workshops
3. has assignments which are designed to help you to plan your teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate your skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils.
4. addresses all aspects of secondary English including specialist expertise in areas such as Drama, Media, Language and ICT.
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Subject Entry Requirements
Applicants will possess or be likely to achieve a 2.2 or above in a degree or better in a cognate subject (e.g. English, Applied Linguistics, Media Studies)
Applicants should effective communicators and be able to demonstrate a high level of engagement in reading widely and writing effectively.
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.