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“Although I had been teaching for 8 years previously, the PGCE had a significant impact on my practice, especially engaging with the weekly programme of readings. By the end of the course, the training hadn’t just impacted on me, it had improved practice in my department and the wider school!” – Ezzat Ali, PGCE 2020.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education for International Trainees offers teachers based in schools outside the UK, who have not undergone a period of formal training, the opportunity to participate in a structured programme of professional development online. The course is adapted from our very popular Independent PGCE.
From September 2024 onwards we are offering a course with a new PGCE at the heart of the training. The PGCE will be assessed by three assignments, but there will be an opportunity to specialise for two of the modules and receive more training on areas such as:
- Coaching and Mentoring
- Philosophy of Education
- International Education and other educational topics
This will be alongside a core module focusing on the fundamentals of teaching and learning. We also want to include coaching for students in order to support schools with career development.
The PGCE for International Trainees is a 37-week school-based course, during which time you will work under the guidance of your in-school mentor. Each week you will reflect on your practice and have and one-to-one meeting with your mentor to review progress and set targets. There are eight online training days (including two induction days) which will complement the weekly programme of University online resources.
You will also be assigned a university tutor who will meet you regularly (approximately once a month) to assess your progress and guide your development.
“…the time and effort she (University tutor) offers to my mentor and I is outstanding. She has been a pleasure to work alongside and to have as a supporting body throughout. Thanks to her lovely feedback during our meetings, I am at a stage where I feel confident and comfortable in my classroom.” Aishlin O’Rourke, PGCE for International Trainees (Primary).
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a Level 7 course and you will be assessed by three essays. If you complete the course successfully, you will gain 60 L7 credits. These can be put towards a Masters at a later date.
We are able to offer the course in most subjects and to all age levels. Your University tutor will be a subject specialist. Subjects that you can do your PGCE in include: Art, Music, Design Technology, Food Technology, Business Studies and Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Computer Science, English (not English as an additional language), Drama, Classics, Modern Languages, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Psychology, and Physical Education.
Six one day ‘live’ training sessions plus two induction days (in late August), run by the University, will be delivered online. Attendance at all these days is mandatory. Draft programme below:
- Thursday 22 & Friday 23 August 2024 9am to 3pm (induction)
- Monday 30 September 2024 7am to 2pm
- Tuesday 5 November 2024 7am to 2pm
- Wednesday 4 December 2024 7am to 2pm
- Monday 3 February 2025 7am to 2pm
- Tuesday 25 March 2025 7am to 2pm
- Wednesday 27 May 2025 7am to 2pm