This comprehensive programme incorporates the very latest curriculum requirements and offers you the chance to learn from leading experts in Mathematics teacher training. You will strengthen your subject knowledge and boost your personal and professional ICT skills, ensuring you are at the cutting edge of teaching and learning.
The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies. Hands-on classroom experience provides opportunities to further deepen your own subject knowledge.
If you have a degree in Mathematics or a related subject and want to develop the numeric and problem-solving abilities of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16, this is the programme is for you.
What will I study?
You will start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit. This will identify your main strengths and areas for development, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.
During 12 weeks of study on campus, you’ll develop:
- Knowledge of essential educational theory; - Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, including whole-class teaching, group work, practical work and the use of computers and calculators; - Strategies to encourage trainees’ numeric development, including oral and mental Mathematics, and the importance of correct numeric terminology; - Understanding of the curriculum and current teaching practice; - Ability to plan lessons effectively; - Excellent working knowledge of the latest ICT tools and software used for both personal benefit and as a teaching tool; - Stronger subject knowledge; - Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional values.
How will I study?
A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme aims to develop a reflective and critically analytical approach to education.
You will spend 26 weeks on placement in schools and colleges, putting your training into practice through assisting with and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. The focus initially is on observation and supporting teaching and learning. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident in the classroom.
How will I be assessed?
A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the QTS Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of Mathematics.
Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.
Who will be teaching me?
Tutors at the forefront of national developments within secondary education, who write Mathematics schemes for national publication and have an excellent reputation for training high quality professionals.
What are my career prospects?
Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at secondary school level in Mathematics.
Our proactive careers advisory service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.
Teaching is a rewarding job and there are many ways in which you could progress in your career, either in the classroom or in a leadership role.
To join this PGCE you should have: A first or 2:1 Honours degree with a proportion of mathematical content; A level Mathematics (or equivalent); GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent); Satisfactory ICT competence; a demonstrable interest in teaching the curriculum area. You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry. If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.
Recipient: Edge Hill University
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