In this course, professional and subject theory courses are delivered by the University of Leicester and the two school placements are within the Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub schools. In the first school placement, there will be the opportunity to mix with trainees from other disciplines during supplementary training sessions and to consider the ways in which theory is translated into good practice by outstanding teachers.
Mathematics is a core subject within the secondary curriculum. It encompasses the study of number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics. These are all important elements of the mathematics curriculum and at Leicester we strive to ensure you become an effective practitioner of mathematics education with the ability to excite and engage pupils.
You will learn from some of the best practitioners in the field and, with their support, learn how to become an effective practitioner. The programme will cover all areas of the National Curriculum for Mathematics, and will also address national testing, extra curricular learning opportunities and your own professional development.
There are tax-free bursaries available for eligible applicants. The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications is also offering Teacher Training Scholarships to Mathematics graduates. For more information, please visit the Get into Teaching website.
PCGE Secondary Mathematics aims to:
- Broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of mathematics for teaching purposes;
- Develop your understanding and insight into the ways in which mathematics is learned and potential difficulties;
- Provide an informed and critical view of National Curriculum requirements;
- Provide up-to-date knowledge and experience of curriculum materials, developments in assessment and examinations, and the potential of technology;
- Provide a broad range of teaching and learning methods to cater for a full range of pupils; and
- Develop your skills in planning, communication, assessment, recording and evaluation
The mathematics subject specialism will cover a variety of areas including:
- The mathematics curriculum;
- Lesson planning;
- Subject knowledge: approaches to teaching and learning, including common misconceptions;
- Teaching mathematics using technology;
- Assessment of and for learning;
- Theories of learning and teaching;
- Communicating mathematically;
- Differentiating to enable all pupils to reach their potential;
- Teaching approaches to support problem solving; and
- Maths outside the classroom.
Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examinations.