We aim to create primary school teachers who are reflective practitioners, confident in their ability to teach all subjects in the primary curriculum, and able to articulate their beliefs about what constitutes effective pedagogy. Underpinning the course is a belief that successful teachers need to understand how children learn and that this is best achieved through a combination of theory, practice, and reflection.
The PGCE Primary with Maths is designed to provide additional expertise in the teaching and learning of mathematics. This will enable you to develop the skills required for subject leadership; influencing how high quality maths is delivered in classes across the school.
PGCE is just the first phase of your career-long process of personal and professional development.
The Durham PGCE Primary with Maths course has been developed in partnership with schools, and offers a strong practical element, with student teachers spending a substantial part of the year in school. You will have opportunities to develop an understanding of the values and issues which underpin education and are encouraged to develop and articulate your own beliefs. The responsibility for training is shared between schools and the University, which together provide a supportive professional environment in which you can develop your knowledge, skills, understanding and expertise
The Primary PGCE with Maths offers the following opportunities for study:
- Readings and preparation for teaching in school
- Teaching in schools
- Teaching time in lectures and workshops
- Professional studies days
- Teaching and learning conference
- Follow-up readings after the taught element
- Independent study
- Assignment work.
There are three Academic modules:
Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
Professional Issues (Maths focused)
Directed Study (in maths Education
The supervised Directed Study module (in maths education) offers group and one-to-one contact time - you will be assigned an individual supervisor from within the School of Education staff who assist with devising a suitable topic for study.