If you've got an undergraduate degree and are striving to become a secondary school Maths teacher, then studying our PGCE Secondary Education with QTS (Maths) will help you on your way.You'll develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside hands-on classroom experience.
A significant amount of your learning will take place whilst on placement within one of our partnership schools.You'll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.
Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. During the year you will become familiar with the overall curriculum and the national strategies for teaching mathematics. You'll learn how to plan and teach interesting and creative lessons which encourage enquiry and discussion and foster pupils' enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching year (NQT year) within a secondary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 11-16 age.
The course is a one year postgraduate certificate in secondary education. The programme is divided into two main themes:
Initial Professional Development
You'll have the opportunity to explore creative ways to interpret your knowledge into a language a child can understand. We help prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop your own thinking, teaching and subject knowledge base to a level which you can trial in your placements. Themes include educational psychology, how young people learn, behaviour management, assessment, inclusion, creative and innovative teaching methods and designing learning. You research theories of child development, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in secondary schools and develop your own educational philosophy.
Mathematics Specialist Subject Pedagogy
We hope to change the way you think about mathematics teaching and learning, using practical and exploratory approaches in your own subject development and in your lesson planning. You'll learn how to plan and teach interesting and creative lessons, which encourage enquiry and discussion. Sessions encourage you to unravel what shapes the positive attitudes to mathematics with the aim of helping you to become an inspirational and exceptional teacher.
A key element of your studies and learning takes place whilst you're on placement. You'll undertake a number of compulsory placements as part of your programme, in fact you'll spend around 120 days in at least two partner schools.
You'll experience the wider role of a teacher in secondary education. You'll have the support of both subject and professional mentors in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations. Your university tutor will visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress. Our partnership schools are situated across the local area including Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, and we'll endeavour to place you in a convenient location.
We know you're coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.
So while you're here (and after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance. Find out more about the Service.
*96.3% of our PGCE with QTS graduates went on to work and/or further study and 97.5% started graduate level employment within six months of graduating. DLHE survey 2014/15