Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Primary Teacher Education Students become accredited teachers

Tuesday, 14 June 2016


Primary Teacher Education Students become accredited teachers of Personal, Social and Health Education and develop extra skills to teach Physical Education

We are delighted that 32 third year students from the Health and Well Being Pathway of the BA Primary Teacher Education course have completed the PSHE Association Chartered Teacher (NQT) process.

The students have demonstrated excellence in PSHE education and have shown an understanding of and competence in the teaching of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education as part of their initial teacher training.Of these 32 students, 18 also chose to follow a voluntary specialist pathway in ‘The School Games’, which gives valuable experience to students who hold future aspirations to become Primary PE Coordinators. The students completed workshops based on improving their knowledge, skills and understanding of the primary school versions of the following school games: tag rugby, high five netball, primary basketball, sports hall athletics, key steps gymnastics, mini tennis and mini football. All the students agreed that this opportunity has improved their ability to teach PE and has given them the confidence to lead School Games.

The students also participated in a workshop at Youlbury Scout Centre, Boar’s Hill, Oxford. The workshop was based on Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA) and the students were mentored on taking part in risk activities in the outdoors.

Four students also attended the Outdoors and Adventurous Activities Residential week. This took place in a half term week and was based at Kivrough Manor Outdoor Education Centre on the Gower peninsular in South Wales. This course aims to build upon previous experiences as to how learning outdoors can make a rich contribution to young people’s development and to help the students experience the outdoor environment and its’ unique challenges. The course aims to help develop teacher identity, character and resilience and to build an understanding of the role of a teacher when taking young people on a residential.

Students reported that ‘Pushing myself to try new things was great!’ and that it was a ‘great time discovering more about myself and the benefits to young people academically, socially and emotionally’.

Carolyn Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Oxford Brookes remarked that:

In an era of considerable pressure for trainee teachers to reach high standards in the classroom these experiences give them an opportunity to appreciate how they can be effective across other areas of a young person’s education such as developing their social and emotional character and resilience, It engages their creativity as they appreciate how the outdoors can be used as a tool for learning across all subject areas.