South West Teacher Training
Mathematics (2Q8M)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.swtt.net

Contents

About the course

South West Teacher Training’s Mathematics course is designed by practising professionals, meaning trainees receive up to date information on recent changes to GCSE Mathematics subject content and assessment objectives emphasise the key areas of mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. Fluency; problem solving; reasoning and comprehension and communication skills are all covered on our course. Learners of mathematics will use these skills to develop models of real life situations and to understand how their assumptions determine the efficacy of their models. Learners need to be able to relate the mathematics they do to their own lives as well as to a wider society. The aim of the SWTT course is to prepare you to be able to provide sufficient challenge to meet the needs of the most able whilst at the same time making mathematics accessible to those who need the most help. Over the course of two contrasting school placements, our trainees learn to:

  • Use a range of teaching resources and approaches that provide challenge to inspire and motivate mathematics learners of all abilities.
  • Develop confidence and a positive attitude to mathematics in all learners.
  • Monitor and assess the progress of learners and provide timely intervention and support where necessary.
  • Develop into a strong, critically reflective, classroom practitioner, who will go on to participate in, and influence the future development of Mathematics Education. Our Maths trainees are highly sought after and many of our schools request trainees when they are looking to appoint new Maths teachers in the near future.

Interview process

Under guidance from the Department for Education, SWTT continues to recruit throughout this period of school closures in response to the Covid 19 pandemic. Applicants will still be shortlisted in the usual manner. Once shortlisted, applicants will be invited to an online interview that will involve:

  • a short presentation – how would you teach an aspect of your subject to a group of children?
  • a subject knowledge assessment – how familiar are you with the content of the current school curriculum in your subject?
  • a PGCE readiness task assessing your ability to read and write at Masters Level
  • a panel interview with the SCITT Lead and the Course Tutor for your subject.
  • opportunities to meet the core SWTT team and ask questions about the programme.

Interviews take around 2 hours and candidates are given 5-7 days notice to allow them time to prepare.

Successful candidates are then greeted with a Welcome Pack which helps them through the preparations required to start the course. We pride ourselves on communicating regularly with successful candidates so they feel like a part of the South West Teacher Training community.

How school placements work

South West Teacher Training has a wide partnership of fifteen placement schools in Exeter, Plymouth and in rural and coastal communities across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. This enables us to place trainees within easy travelling distance of home - we feel this is important to ensure trainee well-being and resilience. It’s unusual for our trainees to spend more than thirty minutes travelling to placement.

When placing our trainees, we consider their location but we also make an effort to ensure a good match in ethos between the trainee and their host school. It’s important too that trainees experience two contrasting placements to enable them to really discover the kind of school culture that suits them best.

As a school-centred route, we pride ourselves on ensuring our trainees spend as much time in school as possible. After a week’s Induction, trainees complete three days of experience in a Primary school and then begin the first of two placements in an 11-16 or 11-18 setting. This quick immersion into school life, integrated with training sessions at our training base, ensures trainees are able to swiftly start teaching under expert guidance, with time to reflect built into the programme.

Fees

The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £9,250

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £2,000 in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Mathematics or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • GCSE Maths and English: Grade C or above. Certificates required.

  • Degree: Honours 2:2 or above: Certificate and transcript required.

  • Professional Skills Tests: Literacy and Numeracy

If you do not hold a C grade or higher in GCSE Maths or English then you will need to enrol on a course to gain these qualifications, or take an equivalency test at equivalencytesting.com.

Where qualifications have been achieved abroad please contact UK NARIC and obtain a comparison statement to prove that your qualification is the equivalent of UK qualifications at (naric.org.uk).

Personal qualities

We will be looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • a passion for sharing their subject with young people
  • an ability to form positive working relationships with children and adults
  • strong subject knowledge that they can communicate with others
  • a range of experience of school settings or working with young people
  • a professional demeanour
  • resilience and creativity
  • positivity and a strong sense of moral purpose for improving the lives of young people.

Other requirements

Safeguarding is important at South West Teacher Training and all candidates must satisfy relevant pre-employment checks. A place to train with us will involve contact with vulnerable groups (children and young people) and is therefore exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. This exemption means that applicants for this post are required to declare all criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands and bindovers both spent and unspent in their application regardless of the passage of time.

About the training provider

South West Teacher Training is based at West Exe School, part of the highly successful Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust. We are situated in Exeter, placing our trainees in a partnership of schools across Exeter, Plymouth and throughout Devon and Somerset. Although we can’t promise specific placements on application, we carefully match trainees to schools that suit their skills and location.

We work with Bath Spa University, an Ofsted Outstanding provider, who provide our PGCE. They offer a balanced programme of academic excellence alongside school-based training. Bath Spa tutors visit our Exeter site, providing lectures and one-to-one tutorials.

We work with Exeter Consortium Teaching Schools Alliance and the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust, who themselves work with Exeter University and Exeter College. We offer a programme of study that links our Secondary and Primary training, giving our Secondary trainees an enviable insight into the workings of Primary education. The programme is taught by leading practitioners, many of whom are ex-SWTT trainees now employed by our partner schools. They provide training rooted in research and current classroom practice. Our programme prioritises teaching over paperwork - our trainees spend more time considering their impact on young people, and less time managing paperwork.

Our trainees begin teaching in staged steps from their first weeks, integrating academic study with classroom practice. Our trainees say they value our route as it places them in a school setting swiftly, yet allows them to build their teaching skills gradually. Our route is truly practitioner-led. Visit www.swtt.net to learn more.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At South West Teacher Training we have a long history of accommodating trainees with a wide range of disabilities and other needs. Our training programme emphasises the need for trainees to manage their own pace of learning. Trainee well-being is at the heart of our vision for creating resilient teachers capable of managing their workload.

To that end, in the past we have successfully trained teachers who have learned strategies to manage their dyslexia, colour-blindness as well as mobility issues whilst meeting the demands of classroom practice. Trainees are asked to discuss their needs during a health check before starting the course and this information is swiftly communicated to the course team.

Our partnership with Bath Spa University is designed to support trainees with a range of needs and we have a differentiated programme of support tutorials, offering our trainees the help and guidance they need as individuals.

Contact details

Email
swtt@westexe.devon.sch.uk
Telephone
01392 686 165
Website
http://www.swtt.net
Address
West Exe School
Hatherleigh Road
Exeter
Devon
EX2 9JU

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