This is a full-time programme over one academic year. The programme is taught at master’s level and allows students to gain up to 60 credits towards a master’s qualification.
The university-based study is designed to help you become a reflective, creative and effective classroom practitioner. It is informed by the latest research and practice, and the programme has a very strong relationship with the schools in its partnership.
Your time in university will be divided equally between the Professional Studies module and Subject Study. In Professional Studies, you will be working with trainees from a range of subjects. The module is designed to develop student teachers’ knowledge and understanding of professional requirements and behaviours, as well as the broader role, of the teacher in the secondary context. It will introduce and critique educational research methodology, analysis and ethics, in order to develop understanding of the relationship between theory and practice.
Your mathematics subject study modules will be delivered in small seminar groups led by an enthusiastic tutor, supported by guest speakers who work in different roles in school. You will cover a wide range of issues concerning the teaching of mathematics, including the philosophy of why and how we should be teaching the subject to children. You will explore the curriculum, learn how to plan lessons and use assessment to inform your teaching, and how to support pupils with specific educational needs. There are also opportunities to develop your subject knowledge for teaching, and to gain some practical experience of teaching a small group before you go in to school for the first time.
Three quarters of your time will be spent in school. You will complete two main placements in contrasting schools, to gain as wide an experience of teaching as possible in preparation for a career in education.
The course is run by a team of experienced, dedicated, and enthusiastic tutors, all of whom have taught in secondary schools. This is a programme for people who aspire to become inspirational secondary teachers, committed to supporting the learning of all pupils in their classes, who can use the latest research and theory to keep their teaching fresh throughout their careers.