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PGCE Secondary Community of Practice Groups 

New CPD offer

Join us as we launch our subject specific community of practice groups commencing this October. These 90-minute collaborative sessions are an opportunity for subject professionals to come together to:

  • Make connections
  • Develop subject knowledge
  • Engage in action research projects
  • Championing our subject interests

Each session will be followed by an opportunity to discuss the current PGCE course content and how we can collectively support associate teachers to thrive on placement and at university. Sessions are free to schools hosting associate teachers and open all those interested in and involved with teacher education.


Community of Practice Group

Session Overview


Monday 4th October Religious Studies What is religion and worldviews and why does it matter? 4 - 5.30pm
Tuesday 5th October Maths Developing inclusive teaching and building on prior knowledge using CPA 4 - 5.30pm
PE Becoming a PE Teacher 4 - 5.30pm
Science Scientist to Science Teacher 4 - 5.30pm
English The knowledge problem - How do we teach the essential knowledge to support inference? 4 - 5.30pm
Wednesday 6th October History Becoming a History Teacher 4 - 5.30pm
Drama Theatre Practitioner or Drama Teacher - Are they one and the same? 4 - 5.30pm
Thursday 7th October Geography Becoming a Geography Teacher 4 - 5.30pm
MFL Developing into a successful MFL practitioner 4 - 5.30pm
Computer Science Hello World: Developing pedagogy in programming 4 - 5.30pm

All sessions take place on Microsoft Teams.

Email to reserve your place today!

Why CPD at Chester?

Our range of CPD programmes support every stage of a teachers and educators development. Designed and delivered by expert practitioners. In addition to our suite of award-bearing courses, the Faculty of Education and Children's Services provides a range of short courses that meet local needs and priorities with a focus on high quality development that achieves real change.

How our CPD fits within a bigger picture of an accredited pathway

Our programme of CPD integrates into our MA courses and our BA Childhood and Youth Professional Studies (BA CYPS) to build a full programme of professional development and support. Using our accreditation of prior learning framework you can bring in qualifications from NCTL such as the NPQML, NQPSL, NPQH, as well as NASBM’s Diploma in School Business Management.

What the participants will gain from working with us?

The University of Chester is committed to developing outstanding teachers, educators, practitioners and leaders of the future. By working with us you’ll be engaged with experts who are working in schools, colleges and settings at the forefront of educational research. This ensures that the training you receive will have a positive impact for you, your organisation and its staff.

All of our courses provide the opportuntiy to gain accreditation that can be applied to most of our Master's level programmes and also at undergraduate level, as part of the BA CYPS.

The end result is a motivated teacher, tutor or practitioner.