You should be a practising teacher with a first degree and a PGCE with QTS (with M level credit). For primary school teachers a first degree classification of 2:2 or higher is necessary. All applications are subject to academic reference and you will also need the support of your headteacher.
This PGDip Teaching Studies programme is for recently qualified teachers who are interested in continuing their professional development. Successful completion will allow you to progress onto the MA in Teaching Studies.
Teaching studies 1
Investigating my work with learners
One Saturday in September, two Saturdays in October and one Saturday in November
This module will provide you with the opportunity to investigate teaching in relation to numerous issues. Examples of issues include behaviour management; motivation; being a class teacher in a primary school; being a form tutor in a secondary school; rewards and sanctions; mixed ability classes; set/streamed/banded classes; more/less able learners; older/younger learners.
Assessment deadline: January
Teaching studies 2
Investigating my subject teaching
One Saturday in January, two Saturdays in February, one Saturday in March
The Investigating my subject teaching module focuses on your work as a subject teacher and how lessons are created, along with other opportunities for learners to learn the subject most effectively. Teaching can be investigated in relation to numerous issues. Examples of issues include teaching specific aspects of a subject such as key concepts or essential subject skills and understanding; evaluating a series of lessons/scheme of work; balancing teaching to the test with broader subject learning; creating subject learning through science or technology experiments/field visits/sports competitions; subject teaching in a primary school.
Assessment deadline: April
Teaching studies 3
Investigating my work as a member of a school team
One Saturday in April, two Saturdays in February, one Saturday in June
This module will normally centre on your work with other staff in your school and how this work can contribute to overall school improvement. The module will provide you with an opportunity for you to investigate your work in relation to numerous issues. Examples include being part of a subject/pastoral/other team; engaging with parents; engaging with the local community; working on extra-curricular activities such as trips, sport and cultural activities.
PGDip Teaching Studies graduates can progress onto the MA Teaching Studies programme. Continuing professional development aids teachers’ prospects for promotion.
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