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Autumn term information

 Please see the relevant section below for information about the autumn term for your PGCE route:

The autumn term course starts with two weeks school experience – Anticipating Practice (see the pre-course information and tasks section for more details).  

August 2021 update: In an update to the information provided previously on this page following the recent change in Government restrictions, we are now looking to provide the majority of the autumn term taught course via face-to-face campus-based sessions as well as the two-week placement in your first placement school in November.

We are still working on the detail of a specific timetable and the planned timetable for the primary PGCE programme will be different according to your allocated group. You will be notified of precise timings at the start of the term. However, you should anticipate, with a return to full campus teaching, that you will need to be on campus five days per week (mon-fri) for taught sessions during the autumn term. Please note, should the Government or University decide to reintroduce restrictions on teaching space, in response to Covid, we will switch to running blended teaching timetable in the autumn term.  In this scenario we would anticipate students attending on-campus sessions on Fridays only, with synchronous online seminars for the remainder of the week.

The two-week placement will take place during 01 -12 November and you will be required to attend your school setting every weekday unless directed otherwise by the school due to Covid-related alternative teaching arrangements.

During the Anticipating Practice fortnight, you will receive a welcome message from the PGCE team and further details on the arrangements for the first day of the taught course on Monday 20 September. A timetable for the term will then be provided during the first week.   If for childcare or other reasons, you need more specific information about your expected timetable, you may wish to contact your pathway leader (if you need contact details the Info at St Luke’s team (info.stlukes@exeter.ac.uk) can provide these).

The autumn term course starts with two weeks school experience – Anticipating Practice (see the pre-course information and tasks section for more details).  

August 2021 update: In an update to the information provided previously on this page following the recent change in Government restrictions, we are now looking to provide the majority of the autumn term taught course via face-to-face campus-based sessions as well as the two-week placement in your first placement school in November.

We are still working on the detail of a specific timetable and the planned timetable for the secondary PGCE programme will be different according to your subject. You will be notified of precise timings at the start of the term. However, you should anticipate, with a return to full campus teaching, that you will need to be on campus 2-3 days per week for taught sessions during the autumn term as well as engaging in independent learning outside of these days. Please note, should the Government or University decide to reintroduce restrictions on teaching space, in response to Covid, we will switch to running blended teaching timetable in the autumn term.  In this scenario we would anticipate students attending on-campus sessions on half a day a week only, with synchronous and/or asynchronous online sessions during the remainder of the week.

The two-week placement will take place during 08 -19 November and you will be required to attend your school setting every weekday unless directed otherwise by the school due to Covid-related alternative teaching arrangements.

During the Anticipating Practice fortnight, you will receive a welcome message from the PGCE team and further details on the arrangements for the first day of the taught course on Monday 27 September. A timetable for the term will then be provided during the first week.   If for childcare or other reasons, you need more specific information about your expected timetable, you may wish to contact your subject leader (if you need contact details the Info at St Luke’s team (info.stlukes@exeter.ac.uk) can provide these).

School Direct Distance fee-paying and salaried trainees will start their training in their placement schools at the beginning of September 2021.  Your lead school will confirm your exact start date and provide you with more detailed first day instructions.

In order that we can introduce you to the Exeter Model of Initial Teacher Education, the PGCE online modules, our virtual learning environment and the various University services available to help support your studies, you will attend our School Direct (distance) Induction event on Friday 10 September 2021.  This will be in online event and your lead school will make the necessary arrangements for you to attend.  Further details will be provided to you nearer the time.