I have loved working with the Faculty and working in partnership with such a warm group of committed people.
The Cambridge PGCE Partnership
'The outstanding well-established and collegial partnership based on positive relationships, mutual respect, high expectations, a pursuit for excellence and a detailed and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of teaching’
This long standing Partnership involves approximately 300 nursery, infant, junior, primary and secondary schools, academies and special schools representing local authorities across the Eastern Region, reflecting the diverse nature of the regional population.
Course planning, review and development are managed by Primary and Secondary PGCE Partnership Standing Committees and the Partnership Agreement, which outlines the roles and responsibilities of all colleagues involved in initial teacher education, is reviewed annually by the Partnership Standing Committee, which comprise school members, (including former trainees), Faculty members and current trainees.
The Faculty Partnership Committee provides strategic level advice to Faculty Board on the Faculty’s existing and anticipated research and teaching partnerships.
The University of Cambridge Partnership currently includes several Teaching Schools:
Teaching schools have a role in the training and professional development of all school staff, and contribute to the raising of standards through school-to-school support.
University of Cambridge Primary School
The new University of Cambridge Primary School aims to provide an inspiring learning community that is the first of its kind in the UK. The school will offer a high quality education for children, from Reception to Year 6, that is ambitious, innovative and inclusive for all.A unique feature of the school will be the combination of primary education with a purpose-built research facility and the provision of professional learning for teachers. The school will work closely with us in the provision of placements for initial teacher education trainees, and with the Faculty and school partners in the conduct of learning-related research.
Mentor Partnership Conferences
'Just wanted to thank you for the excellent training today. It was incredibly informative and has put many fears to rest'. (PGCE Mentor)
These conferences provide opportunities for briefings about placements as well as professional development sessions. Mentors new to the partnership are inducted into the role of effective mentoring and experienced mentors work with Faculty colleagues to further develop the course.
Conferences are also held for school coordinators annually. These sessions provide opportunities for school colleagues to review examiners’ recommendations, provide feedback and contribute to course development.