If you are a qualified, practising teacher, seeking to improve your subject knowledge of mathematics, then this could be the programme for you. The PGCert replaces the previous MAST programme, and has the same aims of developing personal practice and whole school impact. In essence, it is a school improvement programme. The whole programme (from PGCert through to MA) is designed to enhance your mathematical subject knowledge and pedagogical skills, improve your understanding of the primary mathematics curriculum, identify school priorities, and engage you in a practice-development project. You will discover a range of approaches to teaching and learning and become conversant with the requirements of the new national curriculum with the knowledge and capability to support its implementation across your school. The programme also offers the opportunity to network and share good practice with colleagues from around the country.
What will I study?
The early phase of the programme, at PGCert level, provides a strong focus on mathematics subject knowledge in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curricula. Some consideration is also given to the Key Stage 2/3 transition. You will have the opportunity to support this subject knowledge with an exploration of appropriate teaching strategies.
Progessing to PGDip level, you will have the flexibility to choose from a range of optional modules including further mathematics knowledge, teaching and learning, leadership development, special educational needs, and dyscalculia.
To complete the MA, you will prepare a proposal for, and conduct, a practice development project.
How will I study?
The course is delivered in blended mode, with some modules having three face-to-face conference days (in Birmingham or Manchester), while other modules have negotiated face-to-face elements. During conference days, you will work with designated consultants in groups of approximately 15.
As a blended programme, there is a teaching interface via a virtual learning environment through which you will have access to module and university library resources, activities and interactive support, both peer-to-peer and tutor-to-peer.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through coursework based on a range of professional learning activities and projects. Opportunities for formative feedback will be scheduled throughout each module.
Who will be teaching me?
The programme team have considerable expertise in the field of mathematics education and postgraduate professional learning. Tutors have recent and relevant experience of teaching and leading mathematics in primary schools and consultants leading the conference workshops are local authority or independent experts. Keynote speakers at the conferences are nationally and internationally recognised and respected figures in the field of mathematics education.
What are my career prospects?
On completion of this programme, you will be well placed to apply for more senior roles both in your current school and at other institutions.
As a Specialist Primary Mathematics Practitioners, you will have the knowledge and skills to make a significant and positive contribution to a range of school improvement and school-to-school support initiatives.
Leadership development is a core part of the programme which will enable you to apply for leadership roles, such as Deputy Head or Specialist Leader of Education (SLE), in a range of educational contexts.