The course starts with a two-week summer school in August based in our lead and host schools. You will then spend your academic year in the host school with additional training one afternoon each week at the lead school, complete a second placement, and attend up to three conferences. Assessment will continue throughout the course, based on your classroom experience and achievement measured against the DFE Teaching Standards, while your academic PGCSE study will comprise of two academic assignments, assessed by the UCL IoE.
Before starting training with United Teaching, all trainees are expected to visit a local school for five days. Activities will include pupil shadowing, lesson observations focusing on behaviour and learning, routines, expectations, teaching and learning strategies and assessment for learning, as well as reading the school’s latest Ofsted report.