University-led Learning

Why study for a PGCE?

We are committed to attracting the highest calibre of candidates into the profession who share a passion for life-long learning, both for themselves and the children they teach.  We also believe that educational research plays a significant contribution in the development of pedagogical knowledge and understanding. Ensuring our trainees have access to the latest thinking and educational developments enables them to plan and deliver lessons of the highest quality, leading to outstanding outcomes for both trainees and pupils.

About the PGCE

For 2020-21, we are very pleased to be working in collaboration with the University of Buckingham, to offer a Level 7 PGCE (carrying 60 Masters' level credits).

During the course of the year, trainees will complete a range of modules, including three written assignments.  These modules will closely support trainees' progress towards the Teachers' Standards and are aimed at developing classroom practice through research-led learning and reflective thinking.  

The PGCE workshops will be led by a senior colleague from the Campfire Education Trust but the assignments will be marked by the University. By delivering the sessions ourselves, but working in close partnership with the University, we believe that trainees will get the best of both worlds, in that they will:

  • gain a PGCE from a local University with a very reputable School of Education‚Äč
  • be able to access university facilitties, such as the library and the university's wellbeing and support facilities - all local to Buckingham
  • complete modules that are closely related to the Teachers’ Standards, contributing to their development within the classroom


Whilst at the same time:

  • benefit from PGCE workshops being delivered and managed with the same quality and attention to detail as all other elements of our training programme
  • receive the same level of support with the PGCE as the QTS elements of the course



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