Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT Physical Education PGCE

What will our Physical Education PGCE offer you?

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

Our current Physical Education 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 PE students aged 11-16. During your school placements there will be opportunities for you to observe and teach KS5 PE which will be supported by the content of our PE programme.

We will also cover the transition in PE 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 PE. One assignment at Masters’ level is about the use of metacognition strategies in the teaching of PE 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 sports during your training year and develop skills away from your specialist sports.

You will have the opportunity to be shown how to deliver gymnastics, dance and athletics in PE lessons and the safety measures that need to be in place.  

You will have a range of practical skills demonstrated to you in a number of sports 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 PE. For example, those that are based on pupils’ fitness and ability levels or schools that teach PE in mixed ability groups.

You will be given advice on how to apply for jobs for PE and interview strategies as 100% of our PE trainees always have jobs by the start of the September of their NQT year.

How is the Physical Education PGCE structured and who is involved?

Our PE programme is structured around (i) formal sessions from the SCITT PE 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 nine PE Subject Knowledge days led by a highly experienced practising PE teacher who is currently teaching in a school.

She will deliver the six PE Subject Knowledge days which are spread across the year although some specialists are used for key areas of the PE 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 PE programme, and a laptop and a visualiser for the duration of your teacher training programme.

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

They are all PE specialists so their understanding of teaching the PE curriculum is comprehensive. These visits by your PE 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 PE 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 PE PGCE Programme is designed so you can learn how to become a member of the teaching profession, not a teacher in one school.