The Primary PGCE (QTS) programme at Goldsmiths with a Mathematics specialism is comprised of three modules that have been designed to support you in becoming a reflective, inclusive, creative and engaged practitioner. In addition to developing confidence and competence across the curriculum, you will also be supported to develop your skills as a teacher and leader of mathematics.
The modules that form the programme are:
- Studies and Professional Issues in Research in Education (SPIRE)
- Curriculum Studies (Maths)
- School Experience
The SPIRE module focuses specifically upon issues that most impact upon the young person’s experience of education in the 21st Century. In SPIRE sessions you will be asked to consider a range of issues relating to diversity and inclusion, engage with research and policy and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom.
As a Primary with Mathematics specialist, the Curriculum Studies module will give you the chance to focus on the place of Maths across the Primary School. In this module you will consider the most relevant and effective approaches for teaching maths and, with the support of expert colleagues, will carry out research on an aspect Maths in Action that interests you during your school experience.
All student teachers will spend a minimum of 120 days in a school, divided into two block school experiences. During your placement, you will have an opportunity to practice and apply the knowledge and skills that we have addressed during university sessions in the age phase/s you have chosen to focus upon.
You will spend one-third of the programme at University. In this time you will have a mix of lectures and small group seminars to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of all of the subjects you will be teaching in the primary classroom. Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher.
The programme is taught and assessed at master’s level. In addition to the award of QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme at an appropriate level, you will graduate with 60 master’s level credits which are equivalent to one-third of a master’s degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.
PGCE Primary with Mathematics