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Why should I do an iPGCE with Tes Institute?

In September, a new group of teachers from around the globe will begin study on their iPGCE with Tes Institute. I will explore just a few of the reasons why it is such a popular programme with insight from some of our learners.
15 Jan 22

Teachers are at the heart of what we do

Staff on the iPGCE are experienced teachers, offering practical feedback that can support the development of your classroom practice.  Tes Institute’s iPGCE is very much a course run by teachers for teachers. 

Joanna, Cyprus, says, “The course offered me that extra professional touch, with a well-rounded experience of situations needed to be an excellent teacher.”

We try to be flexible

We understand the demands of working as a teacher and trying to study too. 

Emma, Thailand, writes “Tes are a great, supportive team, willing to guide you through any difficulty.”

The course is flexible with plenty of study time built into the calendar and different durations so you can pick what works best for you.  All sessions are online, which makes it easier to offer such bespoke flexibility.

We value our academic community

There are group study sessions and a dedicated collaborative area so that learners can interact with each other, sharing teaching ideas and research interests.   

We also hold a regular ‘Catch Up’ should you want a more informal place to meet with peers online.

We enable you to hone your expertise in areas of teaching that interest you

The iPGCE requires you to write two assignments and you will be able to choose your area of focus for both.  This will enable you to research aspects of practice that really matter to you. 

Dina, Abu Dhabi, writes, “I enjoyed merging theory with classroom practice.  Going through the study sessions had a profound impact on my pedagogy and interaction with my learners.”

We keep learning through lockdown

The Tes Institute team have successfully supported three cohorts to gain their iPGCE during the Covid pandemic.  We have put in place alternative approaches to study and increased flexibility for when schools have closed or learning has moved online.  

Julia, France, says, “Thank you to all involved in running this course and continuing to offer such positive support through such a difficult period in teaching history!”

We work with the world in mind

We are always looking to develop the course as a community of international teachers. 

Our subscription to VEO enables learners to share practice with others, giving us an insight into teaching around the word. 

Additionally, there is a timetable of lectures at different times and sessions are always opt-in so that you can find a way to work that fits with your time zone and working demands. 

We offer something for everyone

Tes Institute’s iPGCE is adapted to your teaching experience. 

We support new teachers as they take their first steps into the classroom.  Nada, Egypt, says, “I enjoyed the whole process and learning more about teaching while doing my teaching practice.  I think this iPGCE is a big step in my career.”   

There are also many experienced teachers opting for the programme, enabling them to hone areas of expertise at postgraduate level.  Simon, Indonesia, writes, “This incredible year helped me examine 20 years of teaching experience by drawing attention to compelling new approaches to classroom practice.  The knowledge and experience gained has significantly raised my competence and confidence.” 

Find out more about our iPGCE programme or speak to our team via the course page

Joanne is the programme director of our iPGCE programme and has a passion for teacher development and training. Jo has been an English teacher since 2003 teaching across the age and ability range at secondary level.

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