This route is ideal if you want to have an extra, mathematics focused, dimension to your training year. This may give you an enhanced profile for employment and promotion.
L.E.A.D Equate Teaching School Alliance and the University of Nottingham work closely together to ensure that your progress on the course is closely supported and quality assured.
University days are spread throughout the year. You will work with other primary trainees and the sessions will form an integral part of the work you do in school. You will be part of a large cohort of beginning teachers exploring the school curriculum and how to make it accessible and enjoyable to all pupils.
You will have a school mentor and a university tutor who will work closely with you and your mentor. From the beginning of the course you will be regarded as a member of staff but also a beginning teacher. You will attend development days, consultation sessions and extra-curricular activities.
In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school. This is an opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees.
Key features of the mathematics specialist route include:
- Exploration of your personal mathematics background, the aims and values of mathematics education and the importance of being a champion and advocate for mathematics
- Two half-day sessions, focusing on your role as a mathematics specialist and the leadership and management of mathematics in primary schools
- A twilight session once per term, that focuses on teaching challenging mathematics topics
- An immersion day once per term, in which you will take part in a lesson study at a partnership school
The opportunity to:
- Teach mathematics to more than one age range
- See mathematics teaching at Key Stage 3 and in the Early Years, in order to understand the progression of the subject
The course is assessed at postgraduate level. It incorporates two 30-credit modules which may be counted towards the MA in Education. Assignments may be written pieces or presentations and may include collaborative work.
Practical Teaching is assessed by a range of colleagues. Account is taken of your work over all school based elements of the course and your written records of such work.
For the award of the PGCE and to achieve QTS, you must have reached the required standard in both elements of the course.