About the course
The Mathematics course is designed to help you develop your understanding of the subject, of current good classroom practice and how students can best be supported in their learning. All of this is underpinned by a commitment to supporting you in your professional development so that you enter the profession as an enthusiastic and highly-skilled teacher.
Our aim is to help you to become a reflective practitioner, a teacher who is willing to critically evaluate and develop your practice in the light of experience and research evidence. You will be laying firm foundations for a thoughtful and rewarding teaching career. You will take part in activities that we hope will challenge your thinking and help you to develop a clear and positive rationale for your own values, beliefs and approaches.
You will also need to commit to a significant amount of independent study. As well as exploring your own professional development you will be asked to think about students’ learning and how best to plan and organise lessons that allow all students to be active and successful. Again, we will interweave practice and research to help you to develop ideas about how students learn – and what to be aware of that might inhibit learning.
Mathematics is a subject with a high profile in the curriculum yet is one about which many learners can have negative feelings. We will explore with you the nature of mathematics and the teaching of mathematics and how this might affect student enjoyment and engagement. The Exeter PGCE assists you to develop your own academic knowledge of mathematics and includes dedicated sessions on the use of ICT. Furthermore, the development of academic knowledge into ‘curriculum’ and ‘pedagogic’ knowledge to support your practice and working within the context of the National Curriculum will be an important focus.
The interview will include:
A formal interview with members of the ITT team.
A pre – set task to be delivered in a short teaching episode to an appropriate group of students.
A Literacy test for those who have not passed their Professional Skills tests prior to interview.
Interview decisions will not be communicated to applicants directly through the partnership but through the UCAS system.
All of our interviews take place in schools within the partnership. If you would like to speak to us about the programme please contact us through the contacts page
How school placements work
On the secondary programme you will spend 2 terms in your home school and 1 term in your second school with opportunities for further training at our partner schools.
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.
Financial support from the training provider
Selection is based on performance at interview, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS-enhanced-disclosure. It would be advantageous to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young-people in another context at interview. The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. If you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree-level, you can make an application through UCAS for consideration. The DfE entry requirement to pass professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy has been removed for 2020/21 entry onwards. PGCE trainees will be benchmarked during their training against a Government-defined set of mathematics and English skills.
The usual entry requirements for this course are a good A level mathematics grade and a 2:2 degree with at least 50% mathematical content. However, equivalent or alternative qualifications are always considered and, where necessary, you may be required to complete some subject enhancement before joining the course.
Passes at GCSE in English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 are required.
The PGCE Mathematics course at Exeter requires enthusiasm, energy, commitment, a love of mathematics and a strong desire to teach. In return, the mathematics team, together with school-based partners, will offer you every opportunity to advance towards becoming a confident and inspirational teacher of mathematics.
In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance at interview, passes in both professional skills tests, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure.
Although not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.
The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. However, if you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information.
About the training provider
Choosing Schools Direct through the North Devon Teaching School Alliance is the entry point to North Devon's best Primary and Secondary Schools. We offer a one year school-based programme where trainees are part of a school team from day one.
School Direct trainees benefit from a full 40-week schedule. Complementing their time learning the job in school trainees receive HEI lecturers, and a contrasting second school Key Stage experience. For secondary, subject specialism days have been developed across our schools to support subject and pedagogy specialisms.
Shared training across the Alliance gives complete and contrasting experiences. Trainee teachers who successfully complete all modules are awarded a P.G.C.E. Post Graduate Certificate of Education (including up to 60 Masters credits) with Qualified Teacher Status. School Direct is designed to give experienced professionals and higher class degree students an alternative pathway to a career as a teacher, whilst enabling schools to develop exactly the teachers they need.
Our combination of expert school based practitioners and University partners brings teacher education pedagogy and up to date research within a school based setting. We nurture our talent and provide the essential classroom experiences that allow trainees to put theory into practice as they develop into an outstanding practitioner.
About the accredited body
We work with the University of Exeter who offer our secondary phase School Direct PGCE provision :
Trainees are based entirely in schools for the academic year. They are registered with the university and are eligible for training bursaries and student loans. The Masters modules are delivered by distance learning, through two online 30-credit modules, plus other online tools.
We can offer the following subjects:
Design & Technology
Training with disabilities and other needs
We will assess individual needs on a one to one basis to enable them fair access to our programmes.
The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy.
PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Caseworker to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help.
Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
North Devon Teaching School Alliance
Woolacombe School, Beach Road, Woolacombe, Devon EX34 7BT
Support and advice
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