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Initial Teacher Education (ITE) - A PGCE Accelerated Route

Are you an experienced teacher or trainer in vocational or technical subjects who would relish the opportunity to gain a fast-track PGCE qualification? Or are you a college or industry trainer looking for an ITE route that takes into account the industry experience of your new staff?

NEF is working with the Institute of Education (IoE) on the developing an accelerated route for experienced recruits to teach STEM in further education. The team at the IoE have adapted an existing programme to develop a new ITE offer to be made available from autumn this year.

The target cohort for the accelerated route comprises a cadre of individuals, who have, hitherto, been deterred from undertaking an ITE programme, owing to the length and/or high level of attendance that are required on the traditional routes. This initiative will therefore have a dual purpose: to assist a greater number of STEM, vocational and industry practice-based, in-service teachers/ trainers, and for disciplinary experts to gain professional accreditation.  NEF is supporting the work by identifying the issues that become barriers to ITE and by disseminating information on the project and the new proposed route.

The IOE's accelerated part-time, in-service, generic PGCE (DTLLS) is aimed at experienced teaching or training practitioners who are currently working within the post-compulsory sector in colleges or in industry-related settings. The route offers an accelerated (3 term), part-time, in-service pathway in order to gain the qualification. The course will consist of the components of the current generic pathways (a one-year pre-service full-time and a two-year part-time in-service or pre-service route) with an enhanced use of blended learning. The course will comprise four modules, which include aspects of teaching and learning that are relevant to STEM or wider vocational, industrial or technical subjects.

The course is likely to be suitable for those who are already employed or about to be recruited in the sector and who are experienced in the STEM industries with ideally several years teaching or training experience. Trainees accepted onto this route will also be expected to demonstrate exceptional potential for undertaking a course such as this, which emphasises professional development as well as the ability to produce written assignments and reports at level 6.

Full information on the new ITE offer and details of entry requirements will be made available by the IoE. For general expressions of interest in the project, please contact Dr Sarah Peerssarah.peers@thenef.org.uk.

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