PGCE Secondary Physical Education with QTS (11-16) course preparation

Educating young adults and being able to inspire them to share your passion for a particular subject is one of the main reasons why people choose to train as a secondary teacher. Imagination is crucial, as is the need for patience and the ability to develop and sustain excellent relationships with pupils, communicating clearly with them and breaking down complicated concepts into manageable building blocks for learning.

Seeing a child evolve into a mature and confident young adult and helping them to begin to shape an idea of their chosen vocation in life is a very powerful and rewarding responsibility.

As a secondary school teacher in Physical Education, you’ll face heavy demands on your mind, body and time. This programme is carefully designed to prepare you fully for the physical and mental challenges you will face, giving you the skills and stamina necessary to become an assured and high quality teacher of this subject.

The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies, hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further deepen your own subject knowledge.


Your Launchpad sessions

The Faculty of Education have organised a number of virtual Launchpad sessions. Although not all of these sessions will be relevant to your specific degree, you may find a number of these sessions useful.


Academic preparation

Now is a good time to develop your knowledge further which will prepare you for the specific requirements of your course. Below are some suggestions for academic reading, this list is not exhaustive, however it will allow you to choose the books/articles/documents to read in relation to your programme.  Please note, we do not recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive, however you may be able to find some second hand or online.

  • DfE, (2020) ITT Core Content Framework [online] 
  • Capel, S. Leask, M. & Turner, T. (2020) Learning to Teach in the Secondary School, Routledge – CORE
  • Dix, P. (2017) When the adults change everything changes – Seismic shift in school behavior, Independent Thinking Press.
  • James, A. (2016) Safe practice: in Physical Education, School sport and Physical Activity.
  • Abbott, I. (2019) Preparing to teach in secondary schools, Open University
  • Capel, S. (2020) Debates in Physical Education, Routledge.
  • Sidder, G, Hayes, S. (2017) Really Useful Physical Education book: Learning and teaching across the 11-16 age range, Routledge.
  • Whitehead, M. (2019) Physical Literacy across the world, Taylor and Francis.
  • Vickerman, P. and Maher, A. (2018) Teaching Physical Education to Children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities, Routledge.
  • National Curriculum for Physical Education 

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