About the course
City Excellence in Teaching works with Kings College London to deliver the school direct training Mathematics PGCE programme. The main aims of the PGCE course are to prepare students to:
- become effective secondary school teachers
- become knowledgeable subject specialists who can progress to take on responsibilities in curriculum development
- become good classroom managers
- become successful form tutors and collaborative colleagues.
The course encourages learning through critical reflection, making connections between the theory and practice of teaching, and continuing to self-evaluate and improve throughout a teaching career.
We work to enable students to teach pupils to think, and to interpret pupils' understanding, building their subsequent teaching on this.
The principle of the mathematics course at King’s is a view of teaching based on the process of planning ‐ teaching ‐ reflection. The process looks at relevant research, the principles of the mathematical topic which is being taught and links with other areas of the mathematical curriculum. In general mathematics sessions are workshops where we consider how to build upon pupils’ prior knowledge and address any misconceptions they might have. A sequence of lessons can then be planned to enable successful learning and teaching. Suitable responses from pupils are identified to assess their progress and understanding, and the effectiveness of the teaching approach used. Additional areas covered in the mathematics programme include:
Motivation and engagement
Reasoning and proof
Resources beyond textbooks
Your application form is received by Mulberry School for Girls, as the lead school for the City Excellence in Teaching partnership. We process your application and will be in touch to inform you if you are being invited to stage one of the selection process. This will be held at one of our partner schools.
The Stage 1 process includes:
- Delivering a teaching sequence
- A written task
- A panel interview.
At Stage 1 we are looking to see that you have the potential to be a successful trainee teacher. We want to know why you are interested in teaching in inner London, and what drives your passion for teaching.
If you are successful in stage one of the selection process you will be recommended to KCL who hold stage 2.
King’s College London will also hold an interview and ask you to complete a mathematics task and a written task.
At Stage 2 the interview is looking to see whether you have a reasonable understanding of mathematics for teaching pupils aged 11‐18 years, to see if you can communicate with an audience, to see that you have prepared yourself for taking a career move towards teaching and to look at your commitment to teaching.
During the individual interview and the mathematics task, we will be looking for:
-An ability to explain concepts at a school level
-How you engage with the audience
-Understanding of the subject you wish to teach
How school placements work
You will have two different school placements during the course. These placements are of equal length
One benefit of applying to train to teach through City Excellence in Teaching, rather than applying straight to King’s, is that you know that all of your placements will be within a pre-defined local area. This offers you security and means that you can research the schools in advance. You will experience teaching in different settings and will deepen your understanding of inner-city learning contexts. A large proportion of your training will be in classrooms. You will be mentored by subject specialists who are practising teachers in the schools as well as by experts King’s. Our cluster includes primary and secondary schools and so there is an opportunity to trial teaching for a short period in a different phase.
To find out more about our cluster of schools go to:
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £22,000
- a bursary of £20,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 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 how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
KCL requires a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree and GCSEs in English Language at grade C/5 or above.
KCL does not accept ‘additional’ or ‘applied’ GCSE subjects. For equivalency testing UCL will only accept tests from www.equivalencytesting.com
(Ideally your degree will be in mathematics. However, there is a significant difference between school mathematics and the wide variety of topics which are studied in mathematics degrees. Therefore degrees with a significant mathematical element are also acceptable, for example, physics, engineering, chemistry, economics)
For information about admissions please contact the KCL admissions team:
-Ability to engage interest and communicate your own enthusiasm for you subject
-Good subject knowledge and a commitment to professional development if necessary
-Commitment to working with young people in an inner-city context
-Ability to explain ideas clearly and to think on your feet
-Evidence of good interpersonal skills
-Awareness of current educational issues
-Ability to reflect and respond to professional critique
-A desire for social justice and a belief in the power of education to change lives.
Our website provides a snapshot of our offer and what life is like as a CET trainee. www.cityexcellenceinteaching.co.uk
• We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview.
• All applicants must pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests. You do not need to complete these before applying, but be aware that you will need to complete them before commencing your training.
• If your application is successful, The Department for Education requires the Disclosure and Barring Service to vet the background of persons working in their schools. Be aware that if your application is successful, you will need to complete a DBS check before commencing your placement in a school.
About the training provider
City Excellence in Teaching is an innovative school-based initial teacher education (ITE) programme devised and facilitated by a cluster of fifteen schools with an excellent history of high quality ITE provision. We offer you the experience of working within a thriving and successful inner city context. Our schools are mostly in Tower Hamlets with one school in Southwark and another in Greenwich. We work in partnership with UCL Institute of Eduction, Kings College London and EQualitas who we register our school direct trainees with, and with whom you will gain your accreditation. We work with different providers for different subjects and phases in order to ensure the highest quality provision.
Our mission is to ensure high quality teacher education with a specific focus on teaching in a global inner city context. We are incredibly proud of the education we provide for young people in Tower Hamlets and are keen to work with trainee teachers who share our passion and commitment to ensure the best for inner city children. We offer supplementary training through our ‘Enhanced Professional Studies’ programme. This is an addition to training provided by your placement school and our partner HEIs and SCITT. These sessions bring trainees together from across our cluster and builds a network of professionals who have chosen to begin their career in inner London. We ensure that you are prepared to meet the challenges, and make the most of the opportunities, that this unique context brings.
For more information please see our website: www.cityexcellenceinteaching.co.uk
About the accredited provider
PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014). You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely. 96% of 2017 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. In our 2018 student survey, 92% of trainees rated the quality of their training as very good or good.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The central aim of City Excellence in Teaching is to provide the highest quality training experience for all in order to secure the best experience for all participants and as a consequence ensure the best educational opportunities for all pupils. As such, we are committed to an Equal Opportunity policy which enables all trainees to feel secure and confident, and to succeed to the best of their abilities.
City Excellence in Teaching has a commitment to placing the promotion of equality and diversity at the centre of every aspect of its work. We will implement all legal and local requirements, but also go beyond this to ensure our trainees needs are met.
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