What's unique about PGCE at UWE?
All courses adopt a cross-curricular approach so trainees have the opportunity to work on practical projects with other PGCE trainees, often including learning outside the classroom.
The Blitz project
Each year PGCE trainees invite young people from local partnership schools to experience the 1940s for a day in an authentic Dig for Victory Garden.They learn about food production, politics and self sufficiency through cross-curricular activities involving History, Design and Technology, Mathematics, Science and Modern Foreign Languages.
Business and Design and Technology trainees work together to create a Virtual Cafe in Cornwall, mirroring a business plan to include pricing and products.
English and Geography trainees spend a day exploring Bristol through each others' subject perspectives in 'Reading the City', gaining a rich understanding of another subject discipline.
Learning outside the classroom
Mathematics trainees complete a mathematics trail around Bristol. This is a great way for trainees to start to plan learning opportunities using mathematics in the environment and to get to know Bristol as a teaching resource.
Chepstow Medieval Fair
Trainees on the History, Design and Technology, and Art and Design PGCE courses organise a medieval fair at Chepstow Castle for over 600 young people from partnership schools. Over two days students learn about medieval life through the ages. They can practice using felt and making copper jewellery on stalls run by trainees and learn from trainees dressed as historical figures.
What Ofsted say
'The provider’s commitment to innovative cross-curricular working and creativity through multi-disciplinary approaches has a positive impact in developing the trainees’ deep understanding of their own subjects and their wider role as teachers. Trainees consistently say that subject leaders are excellent. They are passionate about their disciplines and model the best practice in their approaches. Increasingly, subject sessions provide imaginative exemplification of how ICT can enhance subject teaching and pupils’ learning.' Ofsted Inspection February 2011