Applicants will have a degree in an area related to Biology. A strong Biology A level/GCSE or equivalent background is also required. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have considered how to develop their subject knowledge in the National Curriculum requirements for science, especially where topics have not been covered by their degree. Along with an awareness of educational issues, a desire to excite, stimulate and engage young people from 11-18 with the possibilities and pleasures open to them in studying Biology is a good starting point for an application.
Trainees come together with Emmaline Fletcher-Sykes, the Subject Leader, for a weekly opportunity to learn more about the subject and the related pedagogy. Biology is a vast and complex subject and most trainees have a detailed knowledge of only one strand. Support to develop all strands is given throughout the year from Emmaline and visiting experts. Trainees support each other, sharing highs and lows, resources and lesson ideas, contributing to sessions and undertaking follow-up tasks.
The course is divided into four modules and their purpose is to introduce, develop, broaden and extend trainees’ knowledge of their subject. Most pathway sessions take place at Pittville School in Cheltenham on a Thursday afternoon. Some sessions are held at other local schools. A visit to the ASE conference extends trainees’ subject knowledge and provides ideas for enriching the teaching of Biology. Trainees also benefit from links to STEM Learning, with GITEP involved in the Science Learning Partnership for Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, and to the Cheltenham Science Festival.
Trainees start the year with three weeks of professional studies, a programme of lectures, workshops and expert speakers, to give a context to the course. By the end of September trainees start their “Parent 1” placement and will be in school full time until mid-December. There are another two weeks of professional studies either side of Christmas. In January trainees start their “Twin” placement in a second school. There are more professional studies weeks before Easter then trainees return to their first school for their “Parent 2” placement. The final placement includes an enhancement week to give opportunities to experience particular aspects of teaching.
There are also weekly subject seminars, every Thursday, with trainees meeting with their Subject Leader and other trainees from their subject.
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Emmaline Fletcher-SykesPittville School
Emmaline has extensive teaching experience having taught for over 15 years in three different schools within Gloucestershire. She has been a Head of Science, Head of Sixth Form and an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST). Emmaline has been a subject mentor for a number of trainees and also contributed to GITEP through delivering Subject Pathway sessions before becoming the Subject Leader. She is passionate about engaging her students through active and collaborative approaches.
Bursary available: £10,000–£15,000*
*subject to NCTL conditions (call 01242 505945 for more information).
- A Biology degree (or equivalent).
- Maths and English at Grade C or above at GCSE. (Note: an equivalency test is available from the university.)
- Successful completion of the Get Into Teaching Skills Test. We recommend you review GITEP’s Skills Tests Procedure for 2016 Entry.
- Degree at 2:2 or above.
- Involvement with young people, e.g., coaching, youth club.
- Recent connections with Secondary education.
- An awareness of issues in Biology education.
Biology group at the GITEP awards ceremony