Content of programme
The PGCE with QTS teacher training programme in Religious Education is organised in conjunction with the University of Reading. This PGCE programme is challenging, exciting and stimulating. Religious Education (RE) is a subject that embraces the opportunity to change and adapt to meet the needs of pupils in the 21st century. The course enables trainees to teach RE at Key Stages 3 and 4 and to gain experience of teaching at post-16 level, using a multi-faith approach to teaching Religious Education. For further information please click here
This conceptual knowledge is related to the secondary education curriculum, before trainees undertake their first teaching experience at the main placement school in Maidenhead. Trainees will have the opportunity to teach all ability and all age ranges, from 11-18. Trainees later undertake a second placement at a secondary school in Maidenhead, before returning to complete their training at the main placement school. Towards the end of the course, trainees build on their own practice by initiating a curriculum development project. During their teaching practice experiences, trainees will have mentoring and support from school based tutors, and from experts at Reading University. Trainees also benefit from the University's lecture programme, featuring nationally and internationally renowned speakers who address contemporary issues in education.
Subject entry requirements
Applicants should have a good first degree in Religious Studies, Theology, Philosophy or a closely related discipline. Trainees should be prepared to develop their knowledge of the major world religions, philosophy of religion and ethics as an essential during their training year. 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.
The course is structured broadly into five phases:
Phase 1: First/second weeks of September 2019: An introductory visit to the main teaching practice school, to other Teach Maidenhead schools, and, where appropriate, local primary schools.
Phase 2: Mid-September-early October 2019: Developing subject and teaching expertise at the Institute of Education, University of London.
Phase 3: Mid October-December 2019: One day a week spent developing subject and teaching expertise at the Institute of education; four days a week spent at main teaching practice school in Maidenhead. Half term (last week in October 2014) spent at Institute of Education.
Phase 4: January-mid February 2020: Four week placement at main teaching practice school in Maidenhead for the whole week followed by two weeks shared between the second placement school and the Institute of Education.
Phase 5: Late February-end March 2020: Placement at second teaching practice school in Maidenhead.
Phase 6: April-June 2020: Further placement at main placement school, followed by two to three weeks at the Institute of Education.
Trainees will be assessed in two ways:-
• On practical teaching and progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status. This will be conducted through observations of trainees teaching, and on analysis of their preparation, planning, marking, assessment and feedback.
• On assignments, portfolio tasks and practical projects, leading to the PGCE and to Master’s level credits.
Trainees undertake placements in two of the four partnership schools, one of which will be their main teaching practice school.
The five Teach Maidenhead schools (Furze Platt Senior School, Desborough College, Altwood School, Cox Green School and Holyport College) are all located in Maidenhead which is halfway between London and Reading, one mile from the M4 and six miles from the M40. The five main Teach Maidenhead schools are located in the four corners of the town, a few miles away from each other. Maidenhead benefits from excellent rail and road connections which will improve still further when Crossrail opens. Maidenhead is 15 minutes from Reading University by train and 20 minutes from London on a non-stop train.
The training course consists of two placements, one main placement and a second lasting six weeks which takes place half way through the main placement. All five schools are able to offer trainees the opportunity to teach a secondary school age range of 11 to 18.
The course itself is structured broadly as follows (and based on the 18-19 secondary programme structure):
· Enrolment at The University of Reading during the first week of September
· An intensive week of subject matter study during the second week of September
· Six weeks where the trainee spends two days at the university and three in school
· A week focusing on the PGCE and tutorials
· A further six weeks spending five days in school
· A week shared between the university and an induction at the second placement school
· Christmas break
· Six weeks at the second placement school (beginning of January to mid- February) – we aim to inform trainees of their second placement location between September and November
· A week focusing on the PGCE and tutorials
· An intensive week of subject matter study at the end of February at the university
· Ten weeks at the main placement school with a break for Easter
· Two weeks of enrichment organised by the University of Reading.