Hatton Centre for Education Mathematics (2GYZ)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Leicester
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.hattonacademiestrust.org.uk/working-for-us/school-direct-teacher-training/

Contents

Course summary

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.

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;
  • 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.

Applications are welcome from applicants with good qualifications in their mathematics qualifications at GCSE and AS/A level (or equivalent) and at honours degree level. All applicants must have achieved a Grade A or equivalent in Mathematics and a Grade C in English Language at GCSE.

Those applicants with joint or combined honours degrees in which Mathematics is a major subject are also welcome to apply.

Applicants with degrees in a range of academic backgrounds including engineering, economics and physics have previously made successful applications.

Applicants without mathematics as a substantial part of their degree may, in some circumstances, be able to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course in lieu of the honours level mathematics.

School placements

You will undertake two secondary teaching placements in our Partnership Schools. We try to place students in contrasting schools to ensure you have a rich and varied experience in your initial training year and that you have the opportunity to teach across the 11-18 age range. The placements are referred to as ‘Phase A’ and ‘Phase B’ placements.

In planning your placements, your subject tutor will try to balance the distance you are asked to travel with your individual needs and our knowledge of our wide range of school partners.

Phase A: After induction you will spend 8 weeks in your Phase A placement school. You will build on existing experience and develop new skills with support from the school’s Coordinator for Initial Teacher Education and a subject mentor who will oversee your professional development during the placement and liaise closely with your university tutor who will also support you. During this placement you will be expected to fulfil a 50% timetable.

Phase B: During your second placement you will spend about 14 weeks in a different school, also supported by a mentor, ITE Coordinator and university tutor. During this placement you will be expected to fulfil a 66% timetable.

All students will also undertake a week in a primary school following their Phase A placement to support their understanding of the broader context of education and to support writing of one of the PGCE assignments.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in mathematics or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

You should be able to demonstrate genuine interest and enthusiasm for Mathematics at interview.

We recommend that all prospective students have spent some days observing, possibly assisting, learners and teachers in Mathematics departments / classrooms to familiarise themselves with current developments.

The PGCE is a challenging course, and we are looking for applicants with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching. These skills include the ability to form relationships, good communication, commitment to learning and teaching and reflective qualities.

Other requirements

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report. The University will provide more information about this should you be offered a place. All offers are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure. We will provide instructions regarding the DBS application process once you have accepted an offer of a place on the course.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Hatton Centre of Education (https://www.hattonacademy.org.uk/page/?title=Train+to+Teach+with+Us&pid=115) is founded on the principle of collaboration and an absolute belief that by working together we can improve life chances for all students in all of our schools.

Our School Direct training course is ideal for trainees who are looking for hands-on in-school training, learning from teachers who deliver lessons every day. You will be allocated a school-based mentor and will also have a school-based professional tutor, who puts together a comprehensive in-school training programme.

We have consistently high employment rates, with many of our trainees going on to be employed within the Centre. The combination of the school based mentoring programme and the University taught modules gives you a competitive advantage when applying for your first teaching position.

You will feel part of the school community from the start of your training to the end. We ensure you are supported to get Qualified Teacher Status giving you the best possible start to your teaching career. In addition to QTS you will also graduate with a PGCE which includes at least 60 credits towards a Masters degree.

We believe that we offer high quality training, giving sustained attention to developing the confidence of trainees to become reflective classroom practitioners who are confident subject specialists and all-round professionals. Constant support, training and collaborative work between our partners and the Hatton Centre of Education ensures close co-operation, and an excellent academic and professional partnership, which gives our School Direct student teachers varied but consistently rewarding experiences.

Interview process

If invited for interview, you will take part in a two-step process. Firstly, you will meet with the Professional Tutor for the Hatton Centre of Education and will carry out a range of activities including a micro-teaching experience, a literacy task, a panel interview and you will give a presentation considering your motivation to become a teacher. This is subject to change, to keep up with Covid precautions.

If successful in this first step you will then meet members of the university course team who will give an overview of the course and answer any questions you may have.

You will participate in a group task with candidates from a range of subjects and give a brief presentation as part of a small group. Subject tutors will introduce a written subject task that you will complete during the day and you will have an individual interview with a subject tutor. The interview is not a daunting process but rather a discussion about your suitability and preparation for going into teaching. During the interview, you will explore any additional preparation needed to help put you in the best possible position to engage successfully with the course from the start.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Hatton Centre of Education provides a personalised approach to all our trainee teachers, working in partnership with the higher education institutes, specialist teams and with the trainee to ensure that the course is fully accessible to all potential trainees. We do this by individualising a support plan which is regularly reviewed and evaluated to account for the evolving nature of a trainee’s journey. For example, a previous trainee with dyslexia was successfully supported through their course and by being provided with specialist software, 1:1 discussions with specialist teams to build self-esteem and to achieve their full potential. Access for all is an integral characteristic of the HCE as we believe we thrive on diversity.

Contact this training provider

Email
information@hattoncentreforeducation.org.uk
Telephone
01933 226077
Website
https://www.hattonacademiestrust.org.uk/working-for-us/school-direct-teacher-training/
Address
The Pyghtle
Wellingborough
Northamptonshire
NN8 4RB

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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