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PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education)

The PGCE programme caters each year for approximately 210 students training to teach in secondary schools. We welcome applications from graduates with a wide range of experience and backgrounds. Usually two-thirds of our students are graduates of universities other than Bristol. The programme is approved by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In its February 2011 report, Ofsted commented that we recruit students who have the suitable attributes to develop into very effective teachers who are easily employed both locally and further afield.

Together we manage, design and work jointly on all aspects of the experiences needed to enable student teachers to achieve the Teachers’ Standards and become effective professional practitioners. This enables us to integrate the work of the programme in placement institutions and at the university throughout the year, allowing student teachers to learn alongside effective teachers and to reflect on their experiences to develop their own teacher identities.

This effective partnership was recognised in our latest Ofsted inspection, in February 2011, which identified some of our strengths as:

  • The effective procedures to recruit well-qualified, reflective trainees.
  • The high quality of personalised support from both the provider and partner schools.
  • The positive impact of university expertise on the professional development of teachers within partnership schools.
  • The strong support for the provider from schools in the partnership who value the supply of high-quality teachers.

We gained ‘Outstanding Provider’ status from this inspection.

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