Well-qualified mathematics teachers are in high demand in London, the UK and across the world. The school direct Mathematics PGCE is rigorously informed by research, including developments internationally. Students learn how to make mathematics meaningful, interesting and fun and how to analyse their own and their pupils’ development.
The PGCE mathematics programme aims to develop critical understanding of the nature of mathematics and its position in the school curriculum. Student teachers engage with research evidence and theories of learning in order to make sense of practice they observe in schools. They explore how teaching approaches can help learners develop mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills and cultivate enjoyment of mathematics
We maintain a strong focus throughout the programme on the teaching and learning of mathematics. Through the careful planning and evaluation of lessons, student teachers are supported in developing their own classroom practice and becoming research-informed reflective practitioners.
The PGCE Mathematics tutors are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience of teaching and leadership in secondary schools. They are also currently engaged in research in mathematics education. The programme draws regularly on the wider range of expertise in mathematics education available within UCL Institute of Education.
The school-based experience provides an opportunity to try out new ideas and develop successful classroom practice, supported by experienced mentors in schools. Student teachers benefit from the mutual support provided by others in the cohort with whom they are able to share experiences and ideas through regular group discussion.
You will develop knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum, its targets and content, together with an understanding of wider statutory requirements. You will advance your teaching and classroom management skills to a high level, and enhance your capacity for self-reflection and further professional development.
You will undertake two school placements during your training and these will be at two of our excellent alliance schools.
UCL IOE is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education. All school direct trainees have full access to UCL student support services/facilities.
The school direct programme follows the exact same structure as the PGCE route and awards the PGCE and QTS. The only difference is students apply directly to the NRTA via the DfE ‘Apply’ service. Candidates will still attend the same university lectures.
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