11-16 with post-16 enhancement
Cornwall SCITT: C79
Course Code: 2S8K
Cornwall Teaching School: 19U
Course Code: 25W9
Geography can help explain, inspire and address curiosity about the earth. Geography examines connections between places at a variety of scales, from the individual to the global. It helps young people explain where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, and how people and their environments interact. As a subject geography is concerned with place and space and helps young people understand some of the key issues facing our planet such as climate change, mass movement of people, water and power security. It is through the study of geography that young people make sense of the world they live in, both on their doorstep and much further afield.
The most important quality that all student teachers on our course possess is a genuine interest in geography and the ability to share their passion and expertise with young people. Many graduates who consider teaching geography hold a second-class degree or higher in geography or a related subject, such as planning, development, GIS, environmental science and conservation.
If you have had a break from studying your specialist subject, have developed your subject knowledge within the workplace, or hold an A Level in geography but have an unrelated degree, then you may require a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course prior to starting the training programme. SKE courses require 25 hours per week of study, although part time options are also available. Several providers offer 100% online courses so that you can complete the course around other commitments. The amount of SKE required will be determined at interview, and it is important to apply as early as possible in the application cycle if you are hoping to enrol on an SKE course in the event that you are offered, and accept, a place on the course.
Experience working with young people is always particularly beneficial, particularly experience in a UK comprehensive school observing and participating in geography lessons. During early observations it may be useful to look out for how young people are engaged through questioning and how teachers address student misconceptions as well as how maps and spatial data are threaded through the lessons. You will need a minimum of three days of school observation experience prior to interview and a minimum of ten days of school observation experience prior to starting the course.
The course will explore the following issues from a subject-specific perspective:
- Lesson planning and sequences of lessons
- Meeting the needs of all pupils in the classroom
- Teaching and learning strategies and resources
- Techniques to support monitoring, assessing, recording and reporting pupil progress
- Promoting good behaviour and a positive climate for learning
You will gain a secure knowledge and understanding of the main concepts and skills in geography, sufficient to teach them confidently to students from the age of 11 to 16, with some experience of the post 16 route. This will involve the study of:
- Enquiry approaches to learning in geography
- Creativity in geography teaching
- Bespoke subject specific content
- The key concepts underpinning the subject.
- The use of ICT in the teaching and learning of geography including GIS
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