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PGCE M Level seminar

Date(s) Tuesday 9 January 2007
Venue University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham
Organised by ESCalate

Booking deadline: Friday 8th December

A one-day seminar from 9.45am - 3.45pm


9:45 Registration and refreshments

10:15 Welcome and introduction

Kevin Richardson, Associate Dean of Education, University of Gloucestershire

Alison Jackson, ESCalate ITE Leader

10:30 Keynote Address James Rogers, Executive Director of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers

11:10 Refreshments

11:30 Presentations Quick fire snapshots from 5 institutions about their schemes:

  • Marj Jeavons (Early Years), Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies
  • Keira Sewell (Primary), University of Southampton
  • Samantha Twiselton (Primary) and Carey Philpott (Secondary), ESCalate/St. Martin’s College
  • Karl Cain (Secondary), Newcastle University
  • Peter Horsfall (Secondary), Liverpool John Moores University

12:20 Question time to these presenters.

12:45 Lunch

1:30 Workshop session

  • Staff development Andy Ginty, St. Martin’s College and Peter Horsfall, Liverpool John Moores University
  • School-based research Adrian Copping, St. Martin’s College and Alison Jackson, ESCalate/St.Martin’s College
  • Curriculum structure and content Samantha Twiselton, ESCalate/St. Martin’s College and Karl Cain, Newcastle University
  • Student induction and support Marj Jeavons, Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies and Carey Philpott, St.Martin’s College
  • Admissions processes and support Keira Sewell, University of Southampton

3:00 Tea/coffee - opportunity to view poster displays and raise questions.

3:30 Summing up – Samantha Twiselton and Alison Jackson.

3:45 Depart

Aims of the Seminar

A future teaching service will increasingly engage with a readiness to reflect on practice by increasing its commitment to Continuing Professional Development and by engaging with M level in training and beyond. This seminar aims to offer colleagues across the Initial Teacher Education sector an opportunity to share practice and learn about the development of PGCE courses at M level.

The day will start with a keynote speech from James Rogers, the Executive Director of UCET (Universities Council for the Education of Teachers) and an opportunity for delegates to ask questions about UCET’s survey on PGCE Qualification Level. There will be presentations from colleagues who are already working on M level PGCE courses in both the primary and secondary sectors, again with opportunities for discussion.

For much of the day colleagues will be invited to discuss themes in workshops with an aim of drawing together ideas, problems, initiatives, difficulties and inspirations. The work done by delegates in these workshops will be published on the Help Directory of the ESCalate ITE website. The workshops will include themes such as staff development, school-based research, curriculum structure and content, student induction and support and admissions processes and support.

The possibility of a day away from the bustle of routine to meet with colleagues experiencing the same challenges is not to be missed and this seminar will afford a useful forum for meaningful and helpful collaboration in this vital and developing area.

Who is it for?

The seminar is aimed at all colleagues involved in M level PGCE course provision (primary and secondary) or those considering setting up such courses. It is also of interest to those concerned with the continuing professional development of teachers and members of all agencies with a professional interest in teacher education.