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Why choose the STEEP School Direct PGCE course?

The South Thames Early Education Partnership (STEEP) of six high quality maintained nursery schools, offer outstanding initial teacher education through a unique school-based route into teaching, in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London.

Our School Direct non-salaried training,  route, program leads to the award of the highly prestigious Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), with 60 Master’s credits and qualified teacher status, QTS.

You will gain practical skills needed to become a Qualified Primary Teacher, by working alongside experienced Early Years Foundation Stage practitioners in our nursery schools;  including historic the Rachel McMillan Nursery School.

Joining Goldsmiths’ University of London, Primary programme, with full access to university services and facilities, you benefit from the expertise and the research profile of the Goldsmiths Primary team.

Over this PGCE year you will be based in a specialist nursery school setting with access to the support and expertise of a multi-skilled Early Years team.

You will also learn the very latest in theory and research on which the outstanding teaching in these nursery schools rests. On completion you will be well equipped to teach in Nursery and Primary schools in inner city London and across the world.

You will focus on 3-7 year-olds (Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1) but will also spend some time working with the under-threes. You will be supported professionally by a system of school and university based personal mentoring and will spend 120 days in at least two different placement schools. You will be attached to one of the partnership nursery schools for the duration of the course but will undertake placements in Reception and Key Stage One within a Primary school.

In addition to the University based taught input, you will receive receive bespoke input from the STEEP partners and attend staff meetings and school in-Service training in your host school. You will also attend the annual STEEP Conference, which has an attendance of over 250 and will be able to hear from leading Early Years academics and practitioners.

The programme covers all the National Curriculum subjects and deals in detail with the three core areas of English, Mathematics and Science. In each curriculum area, opportunities are provided to enable you to develop understanding of the teaching and learning process, and to learn about effective classroom practice.

The 3-7 age range programme includes additional sessions relevant to teaching in the Foundation Stage. Cross curricular themes, skills and dimensions are a vital part of the programme, and thematic integrated patterns of work are encouraged throughout your school experience and college-based work. Both M-Level assignments have an Early Years focus giving you an opportunity to further deepen your understanding in this specialist phase.