Candidates will normally have a degree in English or, in some circumstances, a related subject with other literary/linguistic/theatre/media background will be considered. Usually, although not exclusively, successful candidates have at least a 2:1 degree. Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have considered how to develop their subject knowledge in terms of the National Curriculum requirements for English, 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 English, is essential for any application.
The English course has an excellent reputation within Gloucestershire and beyond; our graduates are highly sought after in local schools and in neighbouring counties.
The course is highly interactive, challenging and stimulating and will require you to be committed, energetic and reflective. We aim to train and grow outstanding English teachers who are inquisitive about the issues surrounding English teaching and learning and who are creative yet resilient and meticulous in their approach.
The Subject Pathway course is divided into four modules and their purpose is to introduce, develop, broaden and extend trainees’ knowledge of language, literature, drama, media and multi-modal texts and their place in the secondary curriculum. We consider how young people learn to read, write, speak and listen and we examine and reflect upon strategies for developing these skills and competencies. We firmly believe in developing lifelong pupil pleasures in language and literature as well as preparing students for the world and workplace in the 21st century.
Subject Pathway workshops are highly valued by trainees and provide a weekly opportunity to learn more about the subject of, and pedagogy of, English.
Overall, the course is a highly demanding yet enjoyable one. Most importantly, it will make you feel confident and highly prepared for your future role as an outstanding Teacher of English in the secondary classroom.
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.
|Cotswold Edge Teaching Alliance (School Direct)|
|Balcarras School (School Direct)|
|Odyssey TSA (School Direct)|
|Cotswold Teaching School Partnership (School Direct)|
Laura FullerChipping Campden School
Bursary available: £9,000*
*subject to NCTL conditions (call 01242 505945 for more information).
- A English degree (or equivalent) or in some circumstances, a related subject with other literary/linguistic/theatre background.
- 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 English education.
English group – ‘Book in a Box’