Welcome to the Teacher Education section where students can find out about the range of Teacher Training and continued professional education opportunities available at Reigate College.
In 2009 Reigate College secured accreditation through the University of Greenwich to run their highly regarded PGCE and PCE Teacher Training Programmes for the post-16 sector. The quality of this provision quickly proved itself, with two of the first intake being awarded the prestigious Garnett prize from the university, in recognition of the quality of their academic work. It has been a remarkable privilege for the College to be involved in the beginnings of so many promising careers in teaching.
Reigate College offers an in-service, two year, part-time Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Diploma in Education and Training (DET) for the post-16 sector. The College works in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University to award these programmes and offers a supportive and highly-developed approach to initial teacher training. This focus on education and the support of new teachers, including NQTs, PGCE placement students and trainee teachers, has always been paramount at the College. In addition, the College is part of the Warwick Partnership offering School Direct places. A well-structured and supported approach to mentoring and induction is part of this story, as is working closely with the other top quality sixth form colleges in Surrey.
For further information see School Direct, PGCE/DET and CPD.
At the heart of all outstanding educational institutions is a relentless focus on teaching and learning. Reigate College moves with the times and constantly strives to improve the student experience from one year group to the next. One way in which this can be achieved is by creating an environment in which teachers, at whichever stage of their career, can engage with new ideas and reflect on their practice in order to develop as professionals.
At Reigate College we work with our HEI partners and other top quality sixth form colleges in Surrey and beyond to enhance the work already done in house in terms of continuing professional development. Our excellent staffing, including the wider input from teachers from all disciplines and other experts within education roles such as pastoral, mentoring and student support, provides the backbone of this quality. This is further supported by having access to the latest IT technology and quality, modern rooming as well as social areas and research facilities. Together this offer combines to give an unmatched student experience, both for our 6th form learners and those engaged with teacher education at the college.
We are delighted to work with the following Higher Education Institutions in delivering teacher education provision:
The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training (PGCE) / Diploma in Education and Training (DET) programmes are accredited by Canterbury Christ Church University. Canterbury Christ Church University is one of the top universities in the country for Initial Teacher Education, graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in post-compulsory education and training.
Hosting of PGCE placements
As a centre for teaching and learning we regularly accept PGCE placements from top quality teacher training institutions within the region:
The Institute of Education is one of the leading centres of teacher training in the country and has an enviable reputation for education research. With an unmatched range of education studies programmes, we are privileged to host at least one full year placement from their Post-compulsory PGCE programme each year.
The Royal Academy of Dance runs the highly regarded PGCE: Dance Teaching programme and was graded as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in Initial Teacher Education in 2010 / 2011. We are proud to be a regular host of their students on their final placement in our successful Dance department.
Top quality provision is best ensured by highly qualified and professional staff. As well as being experts in their own subject areas, our teaching team are qualified and experienced teachers who continually maintain their professional status through training and other CPD activities.
Nicola Sowe (Programmes Co-ordinator / Senior Lecturer on PGCE)
Nicola is an experienced practitioner and advisor in post compulsory teaching and learning. Her experience includes teaching on teacher training programmes, mentoring to support new and experienced teachers in their practice and specific project management. She demonstrates an innovative and creative approach and she enjoys and values working in a collaborative way to develop new initiatives, practices or procedures to meet the ever-changing FE system.
Mark Inwood (HE Facilitator)
As a scientist with published research papers Mark is well placed to help students’ assignment writing, research and referencing work. Recent training from the University of Greenwich has updated his electronic information sourcing skills and been particularly useful in finding supporting materials to put up on the VLE and in Readers for example. Many years teaching, training and coaching as a Business Consultant contributed to the recent award of QTLS status.
Facilities and Resources
We are fortunate at Reigate College to enjoy state-of-the-art teaching facilities. This is the result of a college policy of investment in technology, new buildings and research / IT facilities for our sixth form students.
Of course these same facilities can be enjoyed by our teacher training students as well and indeed one of the benefits of studying a PGCE post-16 programme in a post-16 setting is that each session we can exemplify best practice in our sector.
The majority of teaching on our programmes takes place in modern and well-equipped classrooms. With access to other classrooms and an extensive computer suite, we are able to create a very comfortable and flexible learning environment. Regularly groups will work in separate rooms or use the computer suite for research. Occasional lecture-style delivery for larger groups take place in the Rispoli Theatre.
With an Independent Learning Centre (ILC) equipped with nearly 100 PCs and a range of Apple Macs, scanners and photocopiers students are ensured excellent IT access. Our HE librarian brings the library to students between 5 and 6pm on a Monday evening in the staff room and is able to advise on research, referencing techniques and use of the facilities.
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
Since our teacher training programmes are delivered on a part-time basis, it is vital that students can access all learning materials from outside of the class sessions. Our highly developed VLE uses the Moodle platform and allows for students to access learning materials whenever. In addition functionality such as discussion forums, vodcasts and synchronous debates are all employed throughout the year.
The attention to detail in our teacher training materials and the range of materials used reflects the aim to always show best practice in the delivery of sessions. Each week will incorporate different learning materials dependent on the subject, ranging from PowerPoint presentations to warmer activities, from journal articles to gap fills, from card sorts to video clips. Part of training to teach is learning, through demonstration, where the benefits lie in each different resource in the classroom.
Parity of experience
Studying a PGCE post-16 in a sixth form college offers the best of both worlds – the academic rigour and research of the university with the realistic environment and real-time teaching experience of the college. To ensure that our HE students experience parity with their colleagues studying at the university we attend regular meetings, network conferences and assessment events.
Places to relax
Reigate College is fortunate to enjoy spacious and modern areas for socialising and taking a break in the staffroom. Here you may work on group projects or simply relax with a hot drink during a pause in study. The staffroom is only available from 5pm to 9pm on evenings when we have teacher training sessions, but this also allows you to have an early tea before studies commence!
Within the first few weeks we seek the nomination of two student representatives per year group to join the programme committee meetings once per term. This representation, in addition to programme evaluations, allows the student voice to be incorporated into all aspects of curriculum and allows a rapid response to the consensus opinion.
These sessions are one-on-one with a named tutor and support completion of your Progress Log. As well as meeting your tutors weekly in sessions you will be able to contact them whenever you have queries about your work and arrange academic tutorials if required.
There is ample parking from 5.00pm – 9.00pm at the college in a secure environment on the evenings when teacher training sessions are held.