History is a popular course and candidates will normally have a good history degree. Related degrees with significant history content will be taken into consideration. Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have considered how to develop their subject knowledge in the National Curriculum, GCSE and A level requirements for history.
Trainees come together on a Thursday for a weekly opportunity to learn more about the subject and the pedagogy of history. It is an opportunity to learn from Becky, visiting experts and each other.
Visits extend trainees’ subject knowledge and provide ideas for school trips. Recent trips have been to Berkeley Castle, Chedworth Roman Villa, Warwick Castle, the Imperial War Museum and the National Gallery. Trainees also have the opportunity to accompany their placement school on trips.
Subject sessions usually take place at Ribston Hall High School with some at the school of the guest expert.
Trainees start the year with three weeks of professional studies, a programme of lectures, workshops and expert speakers, to give a context to the course. By the end of September, trainees start their “Parent 1” placement and will be in school full time until mid-December. There are another two weeks of professional studies either side of Christmas. In January trainees start their “Twin” placement in a second school. There are more professional studies weeks before Easter then trainees return to their first school for their “Parent 2” placement. The final placement includes an enhancement week to give opportunities to experience particular aspects of teaching.
Stroud High School
Hattie is an experienced teacher who has worked in three different schools in Gloucestershire and Leicestershire and was, herself, a graduate of the GITEP programme. During her teaching career, she has had a variety of different roles including Assistant Director of Post-16 and Head of History and Politics.
Hattie has a wide range of experience in teacher training: working as a mentor in schools and also working as a ‘Development Lead’ at Teach First, which involved training trainee and Early Career teachers across a wide range of school settings. Hattie is extremely enthusiastic about initial teacher training and is excited to be working with the History GITEP trainees this year.
Hattie is an Honorary Teaching Fellow of the University of Bristol.
Lucy Hemsley has taken on the role as Subject Lead while Hattie is on maternity leave.
Cheltenham Bournside School
Lucy is an experienced teacher of History who trained at a SCITT in Birmingham. After completing teacher training, she completed her Master’s in Learning and Teaching at Oxford University, specialising in teaching History to the most able, and has written on this subject in the Historical Association’s journal, Teaching History.
During her ten-year teaching career, she has held a variety of different roles including Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator, Deputy Head of Sixth Form and, currently, as Assistant Headteacher (Teaching and Learning) at Cheltenham Bournside School. She also works as an examiner for History GCSE. Lucy has worked with and delivered training to trainee, Early Career and experienced teachers both locally and nationally.
Lucy is also the South West Network Lead for #WomenEd and the Gloucestershire Representative for the MTPT Project, both organisations that champion female leadership in education and family-friendly schools.
Lucy is an Honorary Teaching Fellow of the University of Bristol.
- A History degree or a degree in a related subject.
- Maths and English at Grade C/Level 4 or above at GCSE.
Routes & Course Codes
|PGCE with QTS
|Balcarras Teaching School Hub
|Odyssey Teaching School Hub