Applicants will normally have a degree in music. In some circumstances a related subject with significant music content or industry related experience will be considered. 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 music, especially where topics have not been covered by their degree. Along with an awareness of educational issues, a desire to excite, stimulate and engage young people from 11-18 with the possibilities and pleasures open to them in studying music is a good starting point for an application.
Subject sessions normally take place at Severn Vale School, Quedgeley, Gloucester on a Thursday afternoon. There are also visits to other schools that offer different examination routes or have excellent facilities, for example in music technology, Musical Futures, vocational pathways, etc.
In January and April some sessions will be led by a subject tutor from the University of Bristol who will introduce the PGCE assignments on curriculum practice and curriculum research.
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.
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Omar KhokherSevern Vale School
Omar Khokher is an experienced teacher who has been Subject Leader for Performing Arts at Severn Vale School since 2010. He has been involved in initial teacher training in several capacities for many years, and has been the Music Subject Leader for GITEP since 2013. Omar is an Honorary Teaching Fellow with the University of Bristol.
Bursaries available: £9,000*
*subject to NCTL conditions (call 01242 505945 for more information).
- A UK degree (or equivalent) in Music or, in some circumstances, a related subject with significant music content.
- Maths and English at Grade C/Level 4 or above at GCSE.
- Degree at 2:2 or above.
- Involvement with young people in some capacity.
- An awareness of issues in music education.
As part of the music subject pathway programme, trainees experience a guitar workshop with Peter Martin at Severn Vale School