Practical teaching in schools

Our PGCE Secondary programmes have an excellent reputation for the support they receive in schools. Your school placements will form the foundation of your teacher training.

Placements

We work in close partnership with all our placement schools, working together to support trainees and develop the course. We have an extensive range of schools within the partnership and endeavour to give trainees a broad experience between the two placements. Trainees go into placement early on in the course to see the links between theory and practice. There is also a short primary experience with a focus on transitions and phonics.

  • Practical Teaching 1: Shorter placement before Christmas which allows trainees to begin with observations, building to whole class teaching.

  • Practical Teaching 2: This placement starts after Christmas and the trainees continue to increase their teaching timetable and autonomy in the classroom.

Although we can’t always guarantee specific placement requests, our Partnership Office will make the best possible arrangement based on the availability of appropriate schools and your individual needs.

When selecting your placement school we consider the following:

  • Your previous experience of teaching
  • Any individual circumstance that may affect placements
  • Whether schools have particular subject strengths that you need to experience
  • Whether schools provide opportunities for A level teaching
  • The size of the school
  • The location of the school.

Peninsula Teaching School Partnership

We work in collaboration with the Peninsula Teaching School Partnership to offer School Centred Initial Training places in Cornwall. Successful applicants will be supported in school by experienced SCITT mentors and have face to face sessions with Plymouth Institute of Education tutors who deliver the PGCE element in Cornwall. For further information please visit the Peninsula Teaching School Partnership website.