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Mathematics (Yorkshire Teaching Schools Alliance) - PGCE

Course content

At York you will join a highly committed group of trainee teachers developing their skills in the university PGCE partnership. You will participate in university based session (including formal presentations, whole and small group discussions and practical workshops) led by experienced staff, guest speakers and teachers from schools. The University based course is closely linked to a programme of classroom experiences in our partnership schools and in school you will benefit from a strong system of mentor support. Your training will encourage you to reflect on what you learn and experience, so that you can make secure progress during the year. The course combines a practical approach with a strong theoretical basis and qualifies you to teach Mathematics at 11-16 (with post-16 enhancement), providing opportunities for you to develop your particular interests in the different age ranges and across the spectrum of abilities.

Why Maths?

National concern about Mathematics teaching, and developments in our knowledge about how children learn Mathematics, have led to changes in emphasis and teaching approaches to meet the needs of the whole ability range in schools. You will consider these changes as you learn to help pupils engage in mathematical thinking and how to use and evaluate different approaches to teaching Mathematics: these include practical work, problem solving and open-ended investigative work, mental methods of calculation, the use of calculators and computers and stronger links with other subjects and the world of work. You will learn how to assess both your own teaching and your pupils’ learning.

Want to apply?

Trainees come to the course with a range of qualifications, employment backgrounds and mathematical interests. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to work collaboratively, sharing this wealth of experience, knowledge and technical expertise.

Teaching and learning

Participation in the PGCE course is an active process. Although there are lectures and presentations, much of the course centres on workshops, seminars and school and classroom activities.

Activities emphasise team work and require trainees to share the responsibility for their learning.

Throughout the course, trainees are given guidance and support by mentors in school as well as their university tutors.


The practical teaching requirements and formal written assignments are designed not just to provide evidence that trainees have reached the required Teachers' Standards but also as useful learning activities in themselves. Assessment is continuous, across all aspects of the course.

Trainees complete 3 Masters level assignments (60 Masters level credits).

Our secondary PGCE programmes prepare trainees to teach across the 11-16 age range. As part of the Post-16 Enhancement we offer trainees a range of experiences to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills for teaching at Post 16.

Course aims

The primary aim of the course is to enable trainees to meet the Teachers Standards and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) . The course also aims to encourage trainees to examine, in a critical but constructive way, the current educational system and practice.

The intention is that trainees should become skilled members of the teaching profession, able to make a full contribution to educational debate and innovations of the future.

Visit the Mathematics (Yorkshire Teaching Schools Alliance) - PGCE page on the University of York website for more details!




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