What will our Computing PGCE offer you?
- Our Computing programme has proven very successful for the ten years that we have been training Computing teachers for secondary schools.
- Our current Computing PGCE is centred around a knowledge-based approach and it will enable you to develop the core knowledge you need to confidently start your career teaching Computing to students aged 11 to 16.
- During your school placements there will be opportunities for you to observe and teach KS5 Computing which will be supported by the content of our Computing programme.
- We will also cover the transition in Computing teaching between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.
- As part of the PGCE element of this course you will write two assignments which are related to the teaching of Computing.
- One assignment at Masters’ level is about the use of metacognition strategies in the teaching of your subject and the other Masters’ level assignment will have a classroom research-based focus.
What skills and knowledge will you learn?
- You will learn about creating a learning culture in your classroom and the difference between core and hinterland knowledge in Computing.
- You will develop your understanding of the importance of using subject specific vocabulary in Computing and building the literacy skills of your students.
- You will learn how to teach lessons in Computing which are not always focused on using a computer which is an essential skill for any teacher of Computing as technology is not always reliable or appropriate for all lessons.
- You will explore assessment and questioning techniques that can be used in your classroom as well as how to address specific behaviour management issues that might emerge in a classroom full of computers.
How is the Computing PGCE structured and who is involved?
- Our Computing programme is structured around (i) formal sessions from the SCITT Computing Subject Tutors and (ii) the subject knowledge that you will receive from your school mentors who work alongside you in the classroom.
- In your placement school with the guidance and support from your mentors, you will develop the subject knowledge needed to teach successfully in your placement schools.
- In addition, you will have six Computing SCITT Subject Knowledge days led by a highly experienced practitioner who is still working in school and has significant subject leadership expertise.
- He will deliver the six Computing Subject Knowledge days which are spread across the year. These are full of practical teaching strategies for you to be able to use in the classroom in any school.
- These Subject Knowledge days will be supplemented by tasks and a subject studies programme which you will complete during the year. We will also provide you with specific books for the Computing programme, and a laptop and a visualiser for the duration of your teacher training programme.
- You will also be assigned a Computing SCITT Tutor who will work closely with you. They will observe you teach at least four times during the year.
- They are all specialists so their understanding of teaching the Computing curriculum is comprehensive.
- These visits by your Computing SCITT Tutor will be in addition to the school visits/ lessons observations that you will also receive from a SCITT Personal Tutor.
- All visits by any SCITT Tutor provide support and feedback that helps you in your development to become a successful trainee and newly qualified teacher. No lessons are graded, and all feedback is given in a personalised manner.
How will you be assessed?
- At the end of each term, there is an Assessment Point where you will be observed by your Computing SCITT Tutor then discussions will be had with your mentor and other colleagues in your placement school regarding your progress to that point.
- You must pass that Assessment Point in order to continue onto the next term of the programme, but the decision is not made on that one lesson observation.
- Your progress is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards across the term and the quality of your teaching; your completion of your portfolio; your engagement with the subject studies and professional studies programmes; your ability to act on feedback and your professionalism in schools with colleagues and students are all looked at as part of that Assessment Point.
Applying for a scholarship
- Please note that if you are wishing to teach Computing then you are able to apply for a scholarship to support your training and they are awarded instead of a bursary.
More information can be found here and applications need to be made directly to the scholarship body.
Note that the closing deadlines for applications for a scholarship are from 1st June onwards.
- Our Computing PGCE Programme is designed so you can learn how to become a member of the teaching profession, not a teacher in one school.