Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT Geography PGCE

What will our Geography PGCE offer you?

Our Geography programme has proven very successful for the fifteen years that we have been training Geography teachers for secondary schools.

Our current Geography 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 Geography to students aged 11 to 16.

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

We will also cover the transition in Geography 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 Geography. 

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 developing classroom engagement in your lessons. You will have sessions about developing your subject knowledge and developing an understanding of the bigger picture about the curriculum and where geography fits into the curriculum.

You will discover the difference between core and hinterland subject knowledge and how to apply some of the best strategies of cognitive science into your teaching.

You will also learn how to develop students’ field work skills and what is involved in organising a practical school trip for students who are studying geography.

You will be shown to deal with specific behaviour management issues that might arise in your classroom and how to develop students’ literacy and numeracy skills too.

How is the Geography PGCE structured and who is involved?

Our Geography programme is structured around (i) formal sessions from the SCITT Geography 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 Geography SCITT Subject Knowledge days led by highly experienced practitioners who have had subject and senior leadership roles in school.  

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

You will also be assigned a Geography SCITT Tutor who will work closely with you.

They will observe you teach at least four times during the year. They are all Geography specialists so their understanding of teaching the Geography curriculum is comprehensive.

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