Well-qualified mathematics teachers are in high demand in London, the UK and across the world. The Mathematics PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is rigorously informed by research, including developments internationally. Students learn how to make mathematics meaningful, interesting and fun and how to analyse their own and their pupils’ development.
The Mathematics PGCE provides an understanding of the nature of mathematics and why it is taught in schools, how pupils learn to think and reason mathematically and how to teach mathematics in such a way that learners enjoy it and choose to study it. Students will learn how to implement research and evidence informed teaching and how to conduct small scale research of your own. The programme comprises established knowledge in mathematics education, as well as the more up-to-date, developing ideas. It prepares maths student teachers to teach the 11-16 age range.
The programme is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (2013). Students benefit from a team of tutors with a wide range of expertise and will be able to develop strong peer networks to share ideas, resources and advice.
Tutors are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience of teaching and leadership in secondary schools, and are active researchers working with schools and government on policy development in the UK and overseas.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two subject-related Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools.
This programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placement schools or colleges. Assessment is by the observation of practical teaching, assignments and a portfolio (which links with continuing professional development in the induction year).
Student Teachers undertake at least two placements (up to 120 days) at a school or college, during which time their teaching practice is supported by a school subject tutor and mentor. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, with many outstanding mentors and strong mathematics departments.