Applicants will normally have a PE or sports related degree (e.g. sports coaching, sport and exercise science). They will need to demonstrate that they have considered how to develop their subject knowledge in the National Curriculum requirements for PE, especially where topics/sports have not been covered by their degree. Along with an active engagement in sport or physical activity and 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 taking part in sport and studying PE is a good starting point for an application.
Subject Sessions normally take place at Balcarras School, on a Thursday afternoon. Some sessions are run by other teachers in their schools. Occasionally courses are organised (for which some financial contribution from trainees is required) to extend subject knowledge and skills. The course is divided into four modules and their purpose is to introduce, develop, broaden and extend trainees’ knowledge of their subject.
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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Paul HockeyFarmor’s School
Suzanne ClemowBalcarras School
Suzanne has been teaching Physical Education for nine years and taught in two schools within Gloucestershire. Balcarras is designated as a Teaching School where teachers across the partnership share good practice and learn from one another. She has been Assistant Head of House and now is Second in Department. Suzanne plays netball at Regional level and alongside this she competes in triathlons. She has been a mentor to previous trainees and is passionate about continually raising the standards of high quality education.
- A PE or sports related degree (or equivalent) (e.g., sports coaching, sport and exercise science).
- Maths and English at Grade C or above at GCSE. (Note: an equivalency test is available from the university.)
- Successful completion of 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.
- Recent involvement in physical activity and/or sport, i.e., actively engaged in sport and physical activity.
- An awareness of issues in Physical Education (see Physical Education Matters and Association for Physical Education).