Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT Art and Design PGCE

What will our Art and Design PGCE offer you?

Our Art and Design programme has proven very successful for the ten years that we have been training Art and Design teachers for secondary schools.

Our current Art and Design PGCE is centred around a knowledge and practical based programme so will enable you to develop the core knowledge and skills you will need to confidently teach Art and Design students aged 11-16.

During your school placements there will be opportunities for you to observe and teach KS5 Art and Design which will be supported by the content of our Art and Design programme.

We will also cover the transition in Art and Design 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 Art and Design. One assignment at Masters’ level is about the use of metacognition strategies in the teaching of Art and Design and the other Masters’ level assignment will have a classroom research- based focus in your subject.


What skills and knowledge will you learn?

You will be encouraged to think about the importance of Art in the curriculum and why it is taught and how it can be of benefit to students.

You will develop an understanding of the progression of skills in the key elements of art such as line, texture, shape, form, value, colour and space.

You will develop your practical skills in a supportive environment so you feel confident about modelling specific skills to students in the classroom.

You will be encouraged to develop your knowledge of the resources that galleries and other organisations can offer you to support your teaching and use artefacts in your lessons to help develop the creativity of your students.

You will be introduced to key approaches to delivering art and design for example materialistic or design-based learning. There will also be some opportunities during your subject knowledge sessions to be introduced to Art Textiles Photography too.

How is the Art PGCE structured and who is involved?

Our Art programme is structured around (i) formal sessions from the SCITT Art Subject Tutor 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 Art Subject Knowledge days led by a highly experienced Art practitioner. She will deliver the six Art 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 reading tasks and a subject studies programme which you will complete during the year. We will also provide you with specific books for the Art programme, and a laptop and a visualiser for the duration of your teacher training programme.

You will also be assigned an Art SCITT Tutor who will work closely with you. They will observe you teach at least four times during the year. They are all Art specialists so their understanding of teaching the Art curriculum is comprehensive.

These visits by your Art 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 Art 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.


Our Art PGCE Programme is designed so you can learn how to become a member of the teaching profession, not a teacher in one school.