Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT Music PGCE

What will our Music PGCE offer you?

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

Our current Music 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 Music students aged 11 to 16.

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

We will also cover the transition in Music 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 Music.

One assignment at Masters’ level is about the use of metacognition strategies in the teaching of Music 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 embrace the teaching of a range of types of music during your training year and develop skills away from your specialism. 

You will have a range of practical skills demonstrated to you by very experienced existing Music practitioners which you can then apply to your own lessons and the context of your own placement school.

You will be encouraged to reflect on the different approaches that schools take to teaching Music.

When you join this course, you will effectively become a member of the network of Music teachers who work in schools across Suffolk and Norfolk.

We use a range of existing practitioners to deliver the subject knowledge sessions as there is an extensive and supportive network of Music teachers in this local area which will prove invaluable to you during your early years of teaching.

How is the Music PGCE structured and who is involved?

Our Music programme is structured around (i) formal sessions from the SCITT Music 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 Music Subject Knowledge days led by highly experienced practising Music teachers who are all currently teaching in schools.

They will deliver the six Music Subject Knowledge days which are spread across the year although some specialists are used for key areas of the Music programme.

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 Music programme, and a laptop and a visualiser for the duration of your teacher training programme.

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

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

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