Primary PGCE Programme 5 - 11 years
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The programme is aimed at those who want to teach children in
the 5–11 age range, that is, at Key Stages 1 and 2.
In order to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status trainees must
meet the Teachers' Standards set by the Government and so the
programme is designed to enable trainees to achieve this by
offering a balance of school and University-based periods during
The programme is one-year, full-time and its structure is
closely linked to the term dates of local schools, with
registration taking place in early September and the course
finishing at the end of June.
The University works in partnership with over 150 infant,
junior and primary schools in the region to provide the Primary
PGCE Programme. Many of the lectures, workshops and tutorials are
provided by staff from Partnership schools.
The University-based element of the course comprises
The school-based element of the course is largely taken up by
two Teaching placements but there are also many other
half and full-day visits to schools as part of the programme.
Ofsted Inspection 2014
The Ofsted inspection of initial
teacher training at the University of Hull identified many
strengths to the primary PGCE programme. Amongst these were:
- The strong integration of university- and school-based training
ensures that all trainees make good progress overall across the
different courses and training routes.
- The high-quality support trainees receive from university
tutors and school mentors has led to a sustained trend of
improvement and higher numbers of trainees successfully completing
the course than seen nationally.
A few words from one of our graduates - Sean Smith,
Headteacher, Willerby Carr Lane Primary School
"My name is Sean Smith and I graduated from the PGCE course at
the University of Hull in 1996. I previously had a career as an ICT
consultant so it was a bit of a change to say the least to be
standing in front of 30 children.
The course was fun but very hard work. It gave me a really good
grounding in the basics of primary education. Just 8 years after
qualifying I was Headteacher of a local primary school. Many of my
peers from the course have also gone on to become Headteachers, so
the course must have been good!"