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Do you want a career that enables you to help pupils master skills that are vital to their success, not just during their education, but for life? If so training to teach maths on our PGCE in Secondary Mathematics is course for you. Read more

Do you want a career that enables you to help pupils master skills that are vital to their success, not just during their education, but for life? If so training to teach maths on our PGCE in Secondary Mathematics is course for you.

What's covered in the course?

You’ll learn techniques to inspire students around maths, making it enjoyable and ensuring they’re equipped with skills they’ll need for in the future. You’ll teach across a range of ages and abilities on daily basis so we’ll train you to be handle changing effortlessly between number patterns and sequences to calculus depending on who you’re teaching.

After interview you may be advised you need to take a funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, which we offer in mathematics on 24- and 16-week routes before you start your PGCE (shorter courses of between two and 12 weeks may be available according how much enhancement of your knowledge is needed).

Our aim is to help you become a committed, confident and creative teacher so we’ll train you in the essential tools you need to kick-start your career in education. As you progress, you’ll increase your ability to handle the ever-evolving teaching environment, and by the time your course is complete, you’ll be in a position to continue developing your understanding, knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.

Assignments and school-centred activities are structured around the development of your School Experience Progress Journal (SEPJ) which demonstrates your progress against the nationally agreed competences (the Teachers’ Standards), which all teachers must meet throughout their career. A system of continuous review and assessment of progress in the SEPJ will support your growing ability to take responsibility for your own development. 

Why choose us?

  • At least 120 days across a minimum of two placements, in line with the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) requirements, supported by a subject mentor in your school and a personal development tutor at the University
  • If you have a minimum of a 2:2 in your undergraduate degree, a Master's or a PhD, in a subject area relevant for teaching mathematics, you may be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL)For 2017 entry this bursary is £25,000. A higher level scholarship of £27,500 may be available from the Institute of Mathematics and its Application (IMA) subject to application and deadlines.
  • We’re proud of our high employability rates, with 100 per cent of students in employment or further study six months after completing this course (latest DLHE survey 2015/16)
  • 100 per cent of our 2016 graduates said we prepared them ‘very well’ for employment (latest DLHE survey 2015/16)
  • If you accept an offer from us you’ll be able to take part in our free Skills Test ‘bootcamps’ to make sure you’re ready to start your PGCE in September.
  • You'll gain Master's level credits gained as part of this course that you can then use towards a full Master's degree, such as our Master’s in Teaching and Learning or Educational Leadership.

Entry requirements

You must have a good degree (minimum 2:2) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent, at least 50 per cent of which is in mathematics or a mathematics-related subject area. You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if you are offered an interview you will take a written test to assess your standard of English.

You will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

There is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.

As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect you to demonstrate your knowledge of mathematics and will assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.

Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and completing successfully an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments. Trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the standards required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Evidence for the Standards is verified by mentors.

How do I apply?

All applications need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Course code: G1X1



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Mathematics is a core area of the secondary curriculum, which equips people with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. Read more

Why take this course?

Mathematics is a core area of the secondary curriculum, which equips people with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. On this PGCE course, you will study and learn about issues in mathematics education ranging from the theoretical to the practical, while teaching both at the University and in school.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Undertake placements with our network of experience training schools
Train in classroom management techniques as you study the theory underpinning them
Develop your subject knowledge

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). This means that successful completion of the PGCE in mathematics will enable you to gain Qualified Teacher Status and will provide for a career in secondary teaching. On recent figures, over 90% of our students each year gain employment with 60% of those getting jobs in our partnership schools.

Applications should be made through UCAS Teacher Training. You can find out more information and apply online at http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training.

Training Programme code: G1X1

This course may also be studied under the School Direct model. Read more: School Direct.

Module Details

The course is essentially practical and two-thirds of your time will be spent in school where you will be working closely with mentors and other school staff.

Throughout the year you will be engaged in considering a range of subjects including:

Subject Knowledge Enhancement
ICT in the classroom
Lesson Planning
Classroom management
Research into the pedagogy and psychology of learning mathematics
Special Needs and Inclusion
Assessment
Teaching and assessment

Programme Asssessment

The course lasts 36 weeks between September and June, with one third of the time spent in University-based sessions such as lectures, group participation and guided reading, and the remainder working in at least two of our partner schools.

You will be supported by tutors while in the university, and by professional and subject mentors while in schools, encouraging the development of teaching skills specifically for the secondary sector and blending work-based learning experience and supervised teaching practice.

The programme offers trainees a choice between the Professional and the Postgraduate route, with the latter allowing trainees to graduate with 60 M-level credits.

The assessment procedures adopted throughout the course are mainly formative in nature and designed to ensure that trainees meet the Standards for Qualifying to Teach.

In each term you will be assessed on:

The development of your teaching skills
A formal assignment
An interview in which you will demonstrate the evidence collected towards the standards including your subject knowledge

Throughout the course you will collate a portfolio of evidence based on schoolwork, observations of teaching, tasks and assignments.

Student Destinations

Career opportunities within teaching are now far wider and more diverse than ever before. After a few years of teaching, relatively recently qualified teachers are able to gain promotion (responsibility) points for leadership within their subject. Alternatively some teachers prefer to pursue a pastoral route and may gain promotion to Year Head or other pastoral roles. There are also opportunities to become a Subject Leader, which allows effective classroom teachers to gain recognition for their excellence in the classroom without needing to move to more administrative positions. After some experience of middle management successful teachers may progress to senior management as Senior Teacher, Deputy Head or Head.

At the end of the training period, more than 90% of the trainees went into full-time employment in schools within the Portsmouth University Partnership.

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