About the course
On the NSB/NTTP Mathematics course, students will train towards a professional teaching qualification, achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our course requires a study of academic literature and completion of professional assignments, alongside two school based placements. It is designed to give trainees the opportunity to demonstrate that they have met the standards for Qualified Teacher Status.
The course is perfect for those who find Mathematics exciting and challenging, who are able to share this enthusiasm with young people. To be successful, trainees need to watch and learn from other teachers and then deliver in a style that suits their own personality. Learning in a classroom requires professionalism, organisation, planning, preparation and excellent subject knowledge. Trainees will experience lessons across a range of ages and attainment, reflecting the diverse needs of students in our schools. They will work alongside an experienced team of Mathematicians, who have proven ability to ensure achievement for all students. Through the process of observation and team teaching opportunities the ability to communicate key mathematical concepts and skills will be developed.
You will spend the majority of your course in the classroom; working with dedicated professionals. This is the best place to learn the art of teaching. During your placements you will teach pupils in the 11-16 age range. You will receive a practice-led, hands on experience. Trainees are supported by a Subject Based Tutor and Professional Tutor within school; the Lead Subject Mentor from the NTTP SCITT and the Programme Facilitators. General Professional Study sessions enhance your knowledge of teaching and learning and help to develop your pedagogy. Constant self-reflection allows trainees to assess their strengths and development potential, which allows progression and confidence.
Subject Studies are delivered as twilight sessions and take place in the first half of the year so that you have the tools to succeed in your school placements. They are bespoke sessions reflecting the needs of a Maths teacher, designed to illustrate ways to help you apply your knowledge and understanding in designing and teaching lessons. Sessions are delivered by your Lead Subject Mentor and other experienced teachers.
A selection of subject studies sessions are as follows:
Changes in the curriculum
Developing positive attitudes to Maths
Planning and preparing an effective Maths lesson
Post 16 Maths and how it links with GCSE
The Interview process will entail:
• Presentation - “Why I want to become a teacher”- 5 minutes
• Presenting a ‘Starter’ of your choice - 5 minutes
• Interview - 45 minutes
• You may be asked to lead a microteaching session, sit a GCSE paper within you subject or present a portfolio of your work.
Your interviewers will be looking for you to demonstrate a number of qualities. You should therefore try to tailor your answers and contributions to reflect these qualities. They are:
A commitment to and understanding of secondary education and the role of the teacher
Good personal, intellectual and communication skills
A positive attitude towards children and working with children
An enthusiasm for and understanding of your subject (s) and teaching in general.
How school placements work
To qualify for QTS, you must spend at least 120 days in schools. As we feel this is the most important part of your training, we exceed this minimum requirement with two placements totalling 28 weeks. During these, your progress will be tracked against the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS.
You will train with pupils in the 11 to 16 age range, however, in many of our partnership schools there will be the opportunity to experience Post 16 Education too.
You will be allocated to your placement school as a result of an initial induction and skills audit conducted early in the course which aims to identify the best schools that will be able to support you. Your placement school will be identified to meet your needs and may not geographically be your nearest school.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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 each 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 maths 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 about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
You must have an Honours Degree at class 1 or 2, relevant to the subject you wish to train for and preferably a minimum of 50% of your degree being in that subject. Your A-Level grades will also be taken into consideration.
It is preferable to have had some experience of working with secondary aged young people
If you hold a non UK degree and/or other qualifications, you should check its validation with NARIC (www.naric.co.uk) who will inform you of its UK equivalence.
About the training provider
Northampton School for Boys, an Ofsted 'Outstanding' school (Nov 2014) is the Lead School for our SCITT - Northampton Teacher Training Partnership (NTTP) which is an Ofsted 'Outstanding' ITE Provider (2018). Your training will be with NTTP, a School-Centred Teacher Training provider based on the school site. We offer a one year full-time Secondary (11-16) teacher training course with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education validated by Newman University. Many of the partnership schools have ex-trainees as members of staff, some of whom work as School Based Tutors for us. The partnership is comprised of schools which offer a wide range of different experiences for our trainees.
The vast majority of trainees who successfully achieve both QTS and an academic award, gain employment in local schools, which is a huge strength of the partnership together with an excellent completion and retention rate.
Our Key Strengths are:
- Trainees professionalism - trainees develop good relationships with staff and pupils encouraging high expectations of the learners.
*The pivotal role of administrative support - facilitating excellent communication across the partnership that benefits support for and attainment of the trainees.
*Consistently good quality school placements, providing a range of contrasting experiences and carefully match them to the individual needs of the trainees.
*The expertise of school-based tutors in coaching the trainee towards improvement
- Strong shared ethos of pastoral care facilitating swift and effective intervention and support for trainees.
About the accredited body
The Post Graduate Certificate in Education is validated by Newman University, Birmingham.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We encourage applications from all spheres of the community regardless of age, race, disability, religion and gender.
We support trainees with a wide variety of needs both during centre-based training and on school placements. The programme is personalised to be supportive and challenging for each trainee. We work closely with Newman University (PGCE Validating body) to ensure that trainee needs are met.
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Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5RT
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