Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT Psychology PGCE

What will our Psychology PGCE offer you?

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

Our current Psychology 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 Psychology to students aged 14 to 19.

You will also be encouraged to develop your understanding of the skills and knowledge of teaching of Psychology from Key Stage 4 and 5 to university.

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

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 taught how to develop your knowledge of teaching Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 topics in Psychology and what the difference is between them.

You will be given the opportunity to reflect on the development of skills and knowledge between the two key stages.

You will be encouraged to think about the importance of Psychology in the curriculum and how it can also be linked to the real world and why it is an important subject for students to study.

You will reflect on the type of Psychology teacher you wish to be in the future. You will consider how you can develop that persona during your teaching career and the potential problems or opportunities related to creating this persona.

You will be shown how to implement behaviour management strategies specifically for Psychology classes as you will be teaching older students.

How is the Psychology PGCE structured and who is involved?

Our Psychology programme is structured around (i) formal sessions from the SCITT Psychology 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 Psychology SCITT Subject Knowledge days led by a highly experienced practitioner who has experience of subject leadership in her school.

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

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

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

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