About the course
The Secondary PGCE programme concentrates on the teaching of 11 - 16 year olds, but part of it extends your studies/experience to cover preparation for post-16 teaching.
Most of the programme is spent on school placements at Tadcaster Grammar School and Sherburn High School, supported by academic input from the University of Hull. It prepares you to confidently and effectively teach across the secondary mathematics curriculum using a variety of strategies which can be applied in different types of schools, taking account of the stages of children's development.
Mathematics is probably the secondary school subject most often argued about by adults. Some people remember it as their favourite subject, others recall it with some horror, and are pleased to confess that they never really understood the subject and they are glad not to have anything more to do with it now. The latter group is probably the larger.
What we need is more people who like the subject to become teachers of it, to present it to pupils as something that can be understood, to allow learners to think for themselves, and to generate in the maths classroom a feeling that this subject is enjoyable. Well, at least we want people who will try for these things.
Teaching mathematics in a secondary school is an immensely stimulating but very demanding task, which requires enthusiasm, intelligence, stamina and a sympathy for the needs of individual students. We, together with the University of Hull, aim to give you a wide range of skills as a mathematics teacher, and to help you understand the important role of mathematics in the school curriculum. It concentrates on the teaching of 11 - 16 year olds, but part of it extends your studies/experience to cover preparation for post-16 teaching.
On receipt of your application it will be reviewed by a panel of senior school leaders, including subject specialists . Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to an assessment process held at one of the Alliance secondary schools. The purpose of this is twofold:
- Applicants are made aware on the nature and demands of the course. Each receives an outline of the current course, as well as a talk about the nature and demands of the course. Candidates also have the opportunity to ask questions of the tutors and school representatives of the partnership who are attending.
- Applicants are given the opportunity to present themselves as having the potential to become good teachers.
The assessment will begin with a general introduction to the School Direct course, followed by an opportunity to ask questions.
As well as having the opportunity to visit classrooms, the rest of the day comprises three formal activities:
- A group task where candidates will be asked to lead a session with a small group of children. Specific details of the task will be given in the invite to interview.
- An interview with School Forum represenatatives
- An interview panel with Headteachers/Senior Leaders of Alliance schools and Hull University.
How school placements work
All trainees have two school placements and will teach in both Tadcaster Grammar School and Sherburn High School.
The two periods of teaching experience are approximately 12 weeks in length. Each teaching block is preceded by a developmental phase of structured preparation. This involves observing experienced teachers working with individual pupils, working with groups of pupils, team teaching, and eventually taking responsibility for whole lessons.
In their practical teaching, trainees are advised and guided by their subject mentors in schools, including lesson observations some of which may be joint observations with tutors from the Universtiy.
Trainees each have a Journal and Profile Document in which they and their mentors record their development. This document is both formative and summative because you use it throughout your training and it also contains two sections for completion at the end of each major period of teaching.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Please contact the Professional Education Team on 01482 465974/466933 for information on Fees for 2018/19
If you are an International student from a non-EU country you will be charged the standard overseas student fee.
Training bursaries are available for some subjects for all UK and EU postgraduate teacher trainees. For information visit the following website for information.
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.
- possess GCSE at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Maths;
- have a degree of a British university, or equivalent;
- and have appropriate subject knowledge.
The University states that prospective applicants require a degree 2:2 or better to be able to progress on to the PGCE Secondary programme.
As we are flexible in our degree subject entry requirements, we suggest you speak to the subject method tutor Holly Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions reqgarding the suitability of your own degree.
As an Alliance we look for the very best of candidates.
We look for a good reference and a strong commitment to secondary education:
- Well qualified in your subject and able to talk about it with understanding and enthusiasm.
- Able motivate and inspire young people of all abilities and have good interaction across the ages
- Energy and enthusiasm
- Able to work under pressure
- Perseverance and flexibility
- Oral and written communication skills
- Independent & co-operative working
- Aware of current educational issues
- Reflection, self-evaluation and a willingness to learn
The programme is open to graduates with a substantial element of mathematics in your degree, though there may be an opportunity for graduates of other (non-mathematical) subjects to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course prior to doing a PGCE programme.
We believe that applicants benefit from having had some fairly substantial contact with a state secondary school in the UK to observe some mathematics lessons and talk to teachers and students.
You need to be well aware of the nature of secondary schools in the 21st century, and be able to picture yourself teaching in one.
About the training provider
STAR Teaching School Alliance’s aim is to raise outcomes for children whilst providing sustainability in our schools, all within a small geographic area based around Sherburn-in-Elmet and Tadcaster in North Yorkshire. We have a mix of partner schools that offer placements - large/small; faith/non-faith; Local Authority/Academy, so we aim to offer our trainees a breadth of experience to support them in future job applications.
Professional learning, including initial teacher training, is at the centre of all we do. Teacher training is recognised as a mutual learning experience and helps our schools to maintain energy, enthusiasm and innovation. We have a track record of effectively supporting trainee teachers, a number of whom continue to develop their careers in our schools.
As a STAR trainee, you will experience the full school year from start to end, gaining valuable first hand experience to prepare you for life as a teacher. The majority of your time will be in the classroom, working with a successful, highly skilled, but also caring and supportive team.
We are committed to delivering outstanding education and training that is both current and relevant, and providing excellent opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding. We aspire to ensure trainees are equipped to be outstanding teachers and future leaders.
About the accredited provider
Academic aspects are delivered by Hull University (an experienced provider of initial teacher education including School Direct programmes). They place great emphasis upon professionalism and your development as a reflective practitioner who is committed to producing the best possible outcomes for every pupil. Teaching on the course is of a high standard and past trainees comment very favourably on the levels of interest and enthusiasm engendered by tutors. A virtual learning environment enables you to communicate with tutors, partnership staff and with each other, as well as giving access to a wide range of resources.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are an inclusive teaching School Alliance and believe that there should be no barriers to qualified people pursuing a teaching career in teaching.
To this end, please contact the Alliance (using contact details below) to talk to us about any specific needs are and we will seek to accommodate them within our placement schools.
Additionally, you can contact the university Disability Services (tel: 01482 462020 or e-mail email@example.com) to find out about what Hull University are able to provide to support your academic studies and your time on campus with them.
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