Course leader Will Katene carried the Olympic flame as it passed through Exeter. Will has also been recognised by the Higher Education Academy with a National Teaching Fellowship award. This prestigious award is given in recognition of excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

PGCE Secondary Physical Education (PE)

Location

St Luke's Campus, Exeter

Overview

Physical Education (PE) at Exeter is widely recognised as a leading PE course nationally. The PE cohort is an academically able group and employability rates are exceptionally high. Within the first 5 years of teaching, the majority of our trainees take on leadership roles, such as Head of Department or Head of Year and complete their Master’s Degree in Education.

The PE course is constantly evolving and changing to take account of: (a) the latest empirical research and government policy initiatives in teacher education both in PE and the wider educational landscape, (b) internal quality assurance measures such as trainee evaluations, school-based teachers' evaluations, peer reviews and, (c) external quality assurance health checks, such as recent Ofsted inspection findings, external examiner's reports to keep the course vital, stimulating and moving forward.

Supported by a team of highly-qualified and experienced university and school-based tutors, the PE course places considerable importance on trainees collaboratively planning, teaching and reflecting critically on their teaching both in university and in schools. The PE course includes university taught lectures, practical/workshop-based sessions, directed study tasks, assignments and school experience to prepare traine.es to inform, inspire and engage the diverse needs of young people in the 21st century and withstand the demands of the modern day PE teacher.

The course is constantly evolving and changing to take account of: (a) the latest research both in PE and the wider educational landscape, (b) internal quality assurance mechanisms such as student teacher evaluations, school-based teachers' evaluations, peer reviews and, (c) external quality assurance mechanisms such as recent Ofsted inspection findings, external examiner's reports to keep the course vital, stimualting and moving forward.

Trainees will develop a secure knowledge and understanding of:

(a) Content: a wide variety of physical activities comprising the National Curriculum for PE (i.e. athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, outdoor & adventurous activities & swimming), including fitness, health, BTEC and GCSE and A level theory and practice.

(b) Pedagogy: how to transform this knowledge of activities and topics in ways that makes them comprehensible to learners

(c) Learners: different types of learners (e.g. gifted & talented, SEN/D, obese, reluctant/disengaged, EAL)

(d) Learning: theories of how learners learn (e.g. Vygotsky’s Social Constructivist theory)

(e) Curriculum: the National Curriculum for PE in England.

The course is informed by research in the Centre for Research in Professional Learning, giving you access to the latest research on professional learning in the classroom.

Duration

The programme lasts 36 weeks and consists of University-based studies and school-based work.

“Your Physical Education PGCE year at the University of Exeter is both highly challenging and demanding; however, it is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of your life. The University of Exeter has a foundation deeply rooted in current research and provides the highest quality education with student learning always being central. The balance of University based theory and school experience alongside a support network of high calibre, passionate university and school tutors allow you to reach your potential and beyond. The University of Exeter Physical Education course channels your enthusiasm and belief in teaching. They encourage you to embrace it, enjoy it and become an inspiration”

Kirstie Eglon (PGCE Secondary Physical Education)

Watch the following video to see why our trainees think you should come to Exeter.

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