History is a very popular course and candidates will normally have a good History degree. Exceptionally, 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 requirements for History, especially where topics have not been covered by their degree.
Trainees come together with Rachael Moore, the Subject Leader, for a weekly opportunity to learn more about the subject and the pedagogy of History. It is an opportunity to learn from Rachael, visiting experts and each other.
Visits extend trainees’ subject knowledge and provide ideas for school trips and the value of them. 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 which go out while they are on placement.
Subject Sessions usually take place at Balcarras School on a Thursday afternoon, and occasionally 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.
There are also weekly subject seminars, every Thursday, with trainees meeting with their Subject Leader and other trainees from their subject.
|Cotswold Edge Teaching Alliance (School Direct)|
|Balcarras School (School Direct)|
|Odyssey TSA (School Direct)|
Rachael MooreBalcarras School
Rachael has taught history for over 10 years in Gloucestershire and for that time has enjoyed being involved in various aspects of the GITEP programme, including her continuing role as Training Manager at Balcarras School.
Being a Subject Mentor in school for many years meant that Rachael was able to share her passion for history and share ideas for making her subject enjoyable and accessible. Rachael developed this passion for being a part of training new teachers by becoming Subject Leader for history in September 2014. She is very happy to return to the role following a year away to have her son.
Bursaries available: £4,000–£9,000*
*subject to NCTL conditions (call 01242 505945 for more information).
- A History degree (or equivalent) or in some circumstances, a related subject with other History background.
- Maths and English at Grade C or above at GCSE. (Note: an equivalency test is available from the university.)
- Successful completion of the Get Into Teaching Skills Test. We recommend you review GITEP’s Skills Tests Procedure for 2016 Entry.