Our PGCE Mathematics course is one of the most well-established Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses in the UK, and has a well-deserved reputation for developing successful Mathematics teachers with many Mathematics departments in local schools. The commitment of many local Mathematics teachers and professional tutors to this course has done a great deal to ensure its quality over the years.
We help you to develop a deeper understanding of the complex nature of Mathematics as a subject, and to consider the contribution of the subject to young people’s education. We support you so that you can prepare for, and reflect on, your practical teaching skills in order to develop them alongside a critical awareness of relevant issues in education. We will equip you with the fundamental information, perspectives, insights and skills you need to be an effective Mathematics teacher.
We work creatively and professionally with curriculum/professional tutors and Mathematics teachers to enhance your understanding of teaching. The taught sessions we run are practically, as well as theoretically, driven to develop reflective, innovative and creative Mathematics teachers. Through a range of activities and approaches, we anticipate that beginning teachers from Sussex will establish themselves within a national community of Mathematics teachers who take pride in enthusing children about the subject by teaching them the skills to be successful learners and understand the relevance of Mathematics in everyday life.
You will learn through a combination of taught sessions at the University and school-led professional development and classroom practice. You will start your course with a 2-3 week induction at the University in September, which is followed by a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops every Friday. These involve presentations, group work, role play, classroom modelling and peer teaching for which you will explore ideas and approaches and reflect on your own experiences.
You will undertake two periods of professional practice in two different schools. You will be supported in your professional placements by a Mathematics specialist who will act as a mentor, offering you tutorial support and developing a programme of practice-based professional studies for you. Your progress will be assessed through observations, feedback and discussion. You will create and maintain a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how you have met the various Teacher’s Standards.
You will engage with the theoretical foundations of classroom practice and demonstrate the depth of your professional knowledge by completing three academic assignments during the course.