Course structure

Our course ensures you have the required 120 days in school, with additional time to reflect and hone your skills as a teacher and see cycle of the full school year and the development of the children over time.

Over this PGCE year you will have placements in your host school and in at least one other alternate school so that you experience teaching in different age groups.

STEEP arranges all the school placements within our Teaching School Alliance and partner schools.

In advance of each placement you will receive taught content provided by STEEP and Goldsmiths University to support your teaching on school placement.

Successful applicants on the 2MBS course will be allocated a place at one of our six outstanding Maintained Nursery Schools, with access to the support and expertise of a multi-skilled Early Years team. This ‘host’ school will be your base for your the full academic year and the school Leadership and Staff of your host school form a significant part of your support network whilst you train, including when you are on placement in other schools.

Applicants for the 2XTS course will be will be allocated a place at one of our partner Primary Schools, with access to the support and expertise of a multi-skilled Early Years team in the STEEP Maintsined Nursery Schools.  This ‘host’ school will be your base for your the full academic year and the school Leadership and Staff of your host school form a significant part of your support network whilst you train, including when you are on placement in other schools.

Throughout the course you are supported by your Class based mentor and your School based mentor who will visit and support you in your Reception and Key Stage One school placements. This provides vital personalised support and consistency of approach ensuring students can develop and transfer their skills, across the age phases and in different settings.

Alongside this you have blocks of time at Goldsmiths University, and taught sessions, in each of the six STEEP schools, this includes the opportunity to visit each school in the Spring term to follow your own areas of investigation.

Two modules are offered at Masters (M) level. These are Studies in Professional Issues and Research in Education (SPIRE) – a classroom-based research project with a pedagogic focus – and Curriculum Studies, which has an integrated focus in which there are a number of options.

Two written assignments are required for submission to Goldsmiths University during the PGCE year, which can earn you with 60 Master’s credits along with your PGCE award.