Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT Engineering  PGCE

What will our Engineering PGCE offer you?

Our Engineering programme is a successful programme. Our current Engineering PGCE is centred around a knowledge-based and skills approach and it will enable you to develop the core knowledge you need to confidently start your career teaching Engineering to students aged 14 to 18.

As part of the PGCE element of this course you will write two assignments which are related to the teaching of Engineering. 

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 be encouraged to use links with outside agencies to develop an interest in Engineering in secondary schools.

You will be shown how to teach students the design process which is key to Engineering and how to make that engaging for students.

You will be given support in developing your design skills in a supportive environment so you can confidently model various activities to students in the classroom.

You will be provided with the appropriate safety training so you can deliver all aspects of Engineering with confidence.

How is the Engineering  PGCE structured and who is involved?

Our Engineering programme is structured around (i) formal sessions from the SCITT Engineering 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 Engineering SCITT Subject Knowledge days led by highly experienced practitioners who have subject leadership expertise.  

They will deliver the six Engineering 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 Engineering programme, and a laptop and a visualiser for the duration of your teacher training programme.

You will also be assigned an Engineering 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 Engineering curriculum is comprehensive.

These visits by your Engineering 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 Engineering 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 Engineering PGCE Programme is designed so you can learn how to become a member of the teaching profession, not a teacher in one school.