Autumn term information

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

You will start your course on Monday 07 September 2020 with some Anticipating Practice online tasks which are detailed in the pre-course information and tasks section.  In addition to working on these tasks you should spend the first two weeks making sure you have completed the online registration process (details will be sent to you in early September by our Admissions team).  During this fortnight you will also receive a welcome message from the PGCE team and further details on the arrangements for the first day of the taught course on Monday 21 September.

Autumn term:
The autumn term course will be a blend of online and face to face campus-based sessions as well as a two week placement in school.  We are still working on the detail of a specific timetable based on the requirement to maintain social distancing and a safe campus environment but we anticipate all primary trainees to experience approximately 24 hours of face-to-face sessions on campus during the term.  This is likely to equate to approximately 3 hours per week on campus, assuming the Covid-19 situation and the corresponding Government guidance at the time permits this. In addition there will a mixture of timetabled online lectures and interactive seminar sessions every week as well as recorded sessions you can catch up on at a time of your choice.

In summary, you should expect to be engaging with live online and recorded sessions every weekday as well as attending face to face sessions where scheduled and engaging in independent learning. The two week placement will take place in the last two weeks of the autumn term.  You will be required to attend your school setting every weekday unless directed otherwise by the school due to Covid-related alternative teaching arrangements.

A timetable for the term will be provided during the first week.  Please note that given the current circumstances, a definitive timetable may not be possible in advance of the start of the course.  However as we are planning a blended course to include a combination of face to face, live online and recorded online sessions, we hope there will be sufficient flexibility in our modes of delivery to ensure that it will work for everyone. If for childcare or other reasons, you need more specific information about your expected timetable, you may wish to contact your pathway leader; the Info at St Luke’s team (info.stlukes@exeter.ac.uk) can provide contact details.


The online course has been really well structured this term and even though we weren’t able to be physically with anyone, it was really easy to collaborate with peers and communicate with tutors online, and this was actively encouraged when completing our tasks which was really nice. The lovely thing about online work was that although we were still given themes and guidance for our learning, the fact it was online meant it was much more flexible. We were able to choose which areas we felt were most useful for us to engage in, and because our time is much more flexible, we could make the learning fit the time we had.

Olivia, Primary PGCE

You will start your course on Monday 14 September 2020 with some Anticipating Practice online tasks which are detailed in the pre-course information and tasks section.  In addition to working on these tasks you should spend the first two weeks making sure you have completed the online registration process (details will be sent to you in early September by our Admissions team).  During this fortnight you will also receive a welcome message from the PGCE team and further details on the arrangements for the first day of the taught course on Monday 28 September.

Autumn term:
The autumn term course will be a blend of online and face to face campus-based sessions as well as a two week placement in school.  We are still working on the detail of a specific timetable based on the requirement to maintain social distancing and a safe campus environment but we anticipate all secondary trainees to experience approximately 24 hours of face-to-face sessions on campus during the term.  This is likely to be spread equally across the weeks for most subjects at 2.5 - 3 hours per week on campus, assuming the Covid-19 situation and the corresponding Government guidance at the time permits this. However, there will be some variation across subjects in how this is distributed. (Note: some subjects with a practical element such as Science & PE will have slightly longer face to face sessions). In addition there will a mixture of timetabled online lectures and interactive seminar sessions every week as well as recorded sessions you can catch up on at a time of your choice.

In summary, you should expect to be engaging with live online and recorded sessions on 3 days per week as well as attending face to face sessions where scheduled and engaging with independent learning. The two week placement will take place in the last two weeks of the autumn term.  You will be required to attend your school setting every weekday unless directed otherwise by the school due to Covid-related alternative teaching arrangements.

A timetable for the term will be provided during the first week.  Please note that given the current circumstances, a definitive timetable may not be possible in advance of the start of the course.  However as we are planning a blended course to include a combination of face to face, live online and recorded online sessions, we hope there will be sufficient flexibility in our modes of delivery to ensure that it will work for everyone. If for childcare or other reasons, you need more specific information about your expected timetable, you may wish to contact your subject leader; the Info at St Luke’s team (info.stlukes@exeter.ac.uk) can provide contact details.


Imogen, Secondary PGCE
'The Exeter PGCE has a great community feel to it. The tutors are really supportive and friendly and have been especially reassuring during such a turbulent time. The summer online program we did was engaging and fun - and has made me feel very prepared for the year(s) ahead!’

Kirsteen, Secondary PGCE
'The on line work was taught in a way that modelled good practice - varied diet of reading and viewing and reflecting and producing work. The best thing about lockdown learning has been that realisation that working on line does not mean working on your own. The study group work had great momentum with a good mix of prepared, planned meetings on line, sharing of top tips and using OneDrive for shared folders to build up a communal box of good stuff. The study group size is just the right size for productive brainstorming and I think we all found those meetings motivating and supportive. Tutor signposting and prioritising of what to focus on how and when was really useful.'

 

 

School Direct Distance fee-paying and salaried trainees will start their training in their placement schools at the beginning of September 2020.  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 Monday 07 September 2020.  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.