About the course
When you love everything about Maths, you’re already well on your way to becoming an inspiring Maths teacher!
The Red Kite Secondary Maths course will build on your subject knowledge and give you the skills you need to teach Maths at GCSE and A’ Level.
Our specialist Maths teachers have years of experience and strategies to use in the classroom. They’ll work with you to plan your lessons to make sure you’re answering the BIG questions and using key words, so students become familiar with them and what is expected of them in response.
You’ll be able to look for evidence of learning, offer constructive feedback and use questioning for depth of understanding.
Misconceptions and errors can be golden opportunities – learn how to use them to your advantage!
As well as the Red Kite Hub Days, as a Maths Trainee you will also have extra days based at the regional Maths Hub at Harrogate Grammar School.
A bursary of up to £32,000 is available to trainee Maths teachers: £20,000 as a tax-free bursary (or £22k scholarship) with two additional early-career payments of £5,000 after tax in your third and fifth year of teaching.
Our interviews are held in Red Kite partnership schools. The interviews are conducted by representatives from Red Kite Teacher Training and the partnership school.
The interview will consist of the following:
- Activity with pupils
- Formal interview
- Written English test – piece of writing to assess written fluency and spelling, punctuation and grammar
- Workload prioritisation activity
- Opportunity to meet current trainees
- Opportunity to meet course leaders and ask questions about the training
You will only be asked to attend one selection day and candidates are informed of the outcome within 48 hours.
How school placements work
When allocating main placements, we consider trainee preferences, transport and location.
Our school placements take place in 15 schools across Leeds, Harrogate and Skipton.
All trainees undertake two main placements. The first placement runs from the first day of the Autumn Term until December. The second placement, in a contrasting school environment, runs from January until late June.
Trainees will also take a selection of mini placements, which give trainees a unique opportunity to broaden their experience in a range of schools and contexts.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
We are unable to sponsor Tier 2 visas.
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
A bursary of £26,000 (£28,000 for a scholarship) is available for trainee Maths teachers with a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD. You will also receive early-career payments of £2k each after tax, in your second, third and fourth years of teaching.
Many Trainees apply for student finance in order to pay their fees with a Tuition Fee Loan and have access to Maintenance Loan. Additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability.
Red Kite offers a monthly payment schedule for those planning to self-finance or for those paying their fees with a bursary.
Applicants should be qualified to degree level, 2:2 or above (or in their final year of University with a predicated 2:2 or above).
Applicants should have a degree relevant to Maths. We consider related A-Level qualifications where your degree is not directly related for our Maths course.
All applicants are required to have a GCSE/O'level/iGCSE* at grade C/4 or above in Maths and English.
*or international equivalent
- Passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of young people
- Independent, resilient and adaptable
- Friendly and approachable, with the ability to engage young people
- Enthusiastic about their subject and are continuing to develop their subject knowledge
- Creative and imaginative
- Good organisational skills and excellent time management skills
- Reflective and strive to improve their own practice
- High standards of spoken and written English
- Demonstrate a professional attitude
- Have made a considered and informed decision to train to teach
Experience of being in a school and/or working with young people is not essential, however, it will be beneficial during the application process. You can contact us to arrange school experience.
Admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination conducted by Red Kite's preferred supplier.
Candidates who are offered a place on the course are required to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions.
Candidates are required to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) regarding their suitability for work involving children. Successful candidates will have these checks conducted at the expense of Red Kite.
About the training provider
Red Kite Teacher Training is a partnership of around 60 Primary, Secondary and Special schools based in and around Leeds, Harrogate and Skipton.
We tailor our School Centred Initial Teacher Training courses to individual needs so even though our Trainees are in the classroom from day one, they will only be teaching when they and their progress leader feel you are ready to do so. This approach gives our Trainees the best possible start to their teaching career. By being part of your placement school from day one they will be viewed as a colleague rather than a student during their placements.
Our courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommended by Red Kite and a PGCE (worth 60 masters credits) awarded by the University of Leeds. All our Trainees have access to student facilities and support at the University of Leeds, including sports facilities, accommodation services, learning resources and student support services.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Red Kite Teacher Training is committed to equal opportunities for staff, trainees and prospective Trainees in its admissions, in all aspects of teaching and assessment and in its provision of trainee services.
If you have a disability or special need please contact us at your earliest opportunity so we can discuss your requirements and ensure we allocate appropriate placement schools or make arrangements where necessary.
Every year we train a number of Trainees with special needs such as dyslexia and we have strategies in place to support these Trainees alongside a SEND and Wellness Lead who will offer additional support when required.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate HG2 0DZ
Support and advice
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