Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT Modern Foreign Languages PGCE

What will our Languages PGCE offer you?

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

Our current Languages 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 Languages to students aged 11 to 16.

During your school placements there will be opportunities for you to observe and teach KS5 Languages which will be supported by the content of our Languages programme. We will also cover the transition in Languages 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 Languages. 

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?

The teaching and learning strategies you will be introduced to will enable you apply them to the teaching of languages in the classroom.  

You will learn about developing metacognition strategies in a Languages classroom.

You will understand the difference between core knowledge and hinterland knowledge in Languages.  

You will be encouraged to develop your understanding between teaching higher and foundation papers in Languages and what is involved and how they are different.

You will also be shown how to use behaviour management strategies specifically for teaching in a Languages classroom.

There will be discussions in these sessions about such topics as the benefits of using phonics teaching in Languages or how target language is used in lessons.

How is the Languages PGCE structured and who is involved?

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

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

You will also be assigned a Languages SCITT Tutor who will work closely with you. They will observe you teach at least four times during the year.

They are all Languages specialists so their understanding of teaching the Languages curriculum is comprehensive.

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