The Scottish PGCE is recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and upon successful completion of the programme, students will be eligible to apply for registration with the GTCS which is needed in order to teach in Scottish schools.
Starting every August, the PGCE is a 37-week school-based course available to teachers who already have a job in a school, during which trainee teachers work under the guidance of a mentor (appointed by the school in which they work and who holds Full Registration with the GTCS). The mentor will be expected to attend an online training session in early September.
Trainee teachers are supported by a weekly programme and nine days of training across the year, (August, October, February and June) including subject-specific content. Training days are delivered both online and via attendance at residentials at which trainees will participate in lectures, workshops, seminars and discussion groups led by experts in their field. The programme also consists of guided weekly meetings and observations, termly visits by the University tutor and regular twilight sessions.
The course encourages reflective practice, focusing on the subjects being taught, the craft of the classroom and the underpinning educational values of the teacher. Trainee teachers will be assigned a University tutor. The University tutor and the school Mentor will jointly assess the student’s competence as a teacher during and at the end of the course. There are three essays to complete, carrying a total value of 60 Level 7 (Master’s) credits.
In addition to the Buckingham ITT Curriculum, trainees have another Six Elements of Focus in line with the Scottish Curriculum:
- To develop an understanding of the principal influences on Scottish education and develop awareness of international systems
- Show an awareness of connections with other curricular areas, stages and sectors
- Acquire knowledge and understanding of theory and practical skills in curricular areas, referring to local and national guidance
- To develop an understanding of current, relevant legislation and guidance such as the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc Act (2000), Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004, the Equality Act 2010 and Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC)
- Gain a working knowledge of the teacher’s contractual, pastoral and legal responsibilities
- Know how to develop realistic and coherent interdisciplinary contexts for learning, particularly in relation to sustainability.
The start date for this programme is August. This has the advantage that the whole course can be completed within one academic year.