This National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited PGCE School Direct Secondary Mathematics course trains you to teach Mathematics to 11 to 16-year-olds. London Metropolitan University’s partnership with local schools ensures you’ll have a continuity of support throughout both your theoretical learning and practical placements. Attendees of our PGCE Secondary courses pass with high results, with 95% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade and 96% going on to obtain employment, usually with one of their placement schools. You also have access to Department of Education (DfE) bursaries as well as the Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) in Mathematics if needed.
More about this course
Our PGCE School Direct Secondary Mathematics course teaches you the skills and knowledge needed for teaching mathematics to 11 to 16-year-olds (Key Stage 3 and 4) and leads to Qualified Teacher Status. This NCTL-accredited course also offers you the opportunity to develop your A level teaching where possible.
We’ll introduce you to current debates in mathematics and a wide variety of interactive teaching styles including group work and computer presentations. If you need help improving your own mathematics knowledge, we run a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course to help your training.
With our teaching placements in London, you'll improve your ability to teach in multicultural urban environments. By combining your studies at London Met with practical teaching placements, you’ll increase your understanding of the ways children learn and how your teaching style can help develop their mathematics skills.
We place great emphasis on sharing feedback between your peers and colleagues on the placement. You’ll complete a weekly reflection and contribute to discussions online in order to further develop your understanding of the role of a Secondary teacher.
The high quality of our training has led to positive feedback from Ofsted:
"Trainees and newly qualified teachers are enthusiastic about their subject, and plan and teach lessons that are well structured. They make good use of subject-specific vocabulary in their planning and teaching."
To help you in your application, Department of Education (DfE) bursaries are available for this course.
This PGCE course has three assessment elements:
-Practical teaching experience is assessed in relation to the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status
-A reflective portfolio is compiled across the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher
-A research assignment at the end of the year which focuses on the implementation of a key area of educational policy in the area of mathematics
There are no examinations.
This PGCE course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
This is a year-long course.
Module 1, Curriculum Studies, includes:
-The theoretical underpinning of the practice that you will take into the classroom
-Access to the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well structured lessons in the secondary curriculum
-Considering all aspects of the mathematics curriculum
-Training to assess school pupils’ progress in each of these curriculum areas
Module 2, Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP), includes:
-Support for your wider professional development as a teacher
-Discussion of the role of children’s rights and how this underpins effective learning relationships
-Understanding of different aspects of inclusive education
-Introduction to the whole school and wider children’s workforce
-Teamwork and collaborative discussion across different subject areas
-120 days in London placements, learning to teach with a mentor in secondary schools
In both university and classroom contexts your self-directed study is extremely important in order to help develop your own purposeful educational enquiry, prepare effective teaching resources and ensure up-to-date subject knowledge.
What our students say
“Choosing to complete my teacher training at London Met was the best career decision I ever made. Studying in the heart of London while being surrounded by a diverse body of staff and students was exactly the preparation I needed for teaching at inner-London secondary schools. London Met’s commitment to tackling the challenging issues surrounding modern urban education was, I believe, a key factor in my rapid progression to the position of head of department after just four years of teaching.
Having gained a unique insight into the value of teacher education throughout my undergraduate studies, I then embarked on a master’s in Education, again with London Met. After successfully completing this, I am now in my eighth year in the profession and currently considering application for a Doctorate in Education.” Rosie Walsh, former PGCE Secondary Mathematics student
After the course
This PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables you to teach mathematics to 11 to 16-year-olds. Our trainees have gone on to secure mathematics teacher roles at schools including Langdon Academy, Islamia Girls School and Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form.
Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teaching subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 through the teacher training bursary.
PGCE School Direct
The School Direct school placements work around the training calendar for the student teacher with the PGCE offered at the university. This means we can only offer places in Early Years / Primary and in Secondary teaching Maths, Modern Languages and Science with a specialism in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
You will attend the training workshops at the university with other regular PGCE students and carry out placements of 120 days in a school or consortium of schools with a School Direct allocation. This time could be divided between two schools with some flexibility.
London Met has School Direct partnership with nearly 100 schools. This large body of schools have joined with us to build a cross-capital alliance, providing diverse contexts in which to train the new generation of London teachers.
Most of our trainees follow a programme modelled on the traditional PGCE, with time spent under tutor supervision at London Metropolitan University and the school placement divided between two partner schools.
Moving to one campus
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.