About the course
Training to be a teacher of mathematics allows you to have a career which supports pupils to master skills that are vital to their success, not just during their education, but for life. If this is a subject you’re knowledgeable and passionate about, our Secondary Mathematics PGCE will allow you to become a highly skilled graduate teacher with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, enabling you to demonstrate the highest levels of professional practice.
You will be trained to become a confident and reflective practitioner, and will be able to teach contemporary methods and practices. You’ll learn techniques to inspire students around maths, making it enjoyable and ensuring they’re equipped with skills they’ll need for the future.
You’ll teach across a range of ages and abilities on a daily basis so we’ll train you to be handle changing effortlessly between number patterns and sequences to calculus, depending on who you’re teaching.
This is an intensive and demanding course, which offers superb preparation for anyone who is committed to educating young people. Central to the curriculum is the study of education, pedagogy and professional practice from both generic and subject-specific perspectives, which is delivered using a combination of workshops, lectures, seminar groups and individual study.
If you are passionate about teaching, ambitious, reflective and with excellent communication skills and a desire to positively influence and transform young people’s lives, we look forward to receiving your application.
In return we will offer you: • a PGCE programme with QTS and Master’s level credits with our Higher Education Institution (HEI) partner, Birmingham City University • a training programme including sessions at university, Higham Lane School as well as your placement schools • an on-the-job training approach working alongside experienced teachers to plan, deliver and evaluate lessons from the start of the academic year • teaching experience at 2 complementary schools • opportunities to work alongside other trainees to share ideas and experiences • both subject and professional mentors to support and guide you through your training year.
Successful applicants may be placed at any of our schools depending on phase and subject specialism.
For more information on our partner schools, please see (https://www.highamlaneschool.co.uk/partnership).
You will be invited to interview either, at your base school or the lead school. You will have a tour of the school and an opportunity to meet staff and students in your chosen department. You will be asked to prepare a 20 minute learning activity to deliver to a group of Year 7 or Year 8 students. There will also be a baseline assessment of subject knowledge, literacy and numeracy skills. Following this, you will have an interview with our School Direct Co-ordinator and a representative from your base school, either the professional or subject mentor. All of this gives us an opportunity to find out a bit more about you and it is also an opportunity for you to meet us and establish whether this is the right course for you! You will be contacted later the same day with our decision. Successful applicants will also be offered the opportunity of some school experience with our partnership prior to starting the course. This will enable you to talk to teachers and students, observe teaching and pastoral work and become familiar with policies and procedures. All of this will give you valuable insight and a great experience prior to starting your course. It will also mean you are a familiar face in school to both staff and students and you can really hit the ground running in September!
How school placements work
Successful applicants may be placed at any of our schools depending on subject specialism. We are a close partnership, both in terms of location and our approach to the training provision. Our partnership has an expert and experienced team of mentors to support trainees and provide an excellent in-school experience in a range of contexts. All of our schools are within a 30 minute drive of each other with 4 of them based in Nuneaton.
You will gain direct teaching experience and work with experienced practitioners in the classroom. You will be assigned a trained mentor and/or a tutor while on placement, who will support and guide your work, as well as provide training and feedback.
You will spend two-thirds of your time – at least 120 days – working in schools on block placements gaining valuable real-life experience in 2 contrasting schools. All schools offer 11-16 experience and, where possible, we will ensure you have some post-16 experience.
Your training programme will include sessions at university, Higham Lane School as well as your placement schools. We offer you an on-the-job training approach, working alongside experienced teachers to plan, deliver and evaluate lessons from the start of the academic year. You will have opportunities to work alongside other trainees to share ideas and experiences; both subject and professional mentors will support and guide you through your training year.
What have previous trainees said about us?
‘The Department have offered me invaluable support throughout my placement, encouraging me to take risks and work to become an excellent classroom practitioner.’
‘I have found my one-to-one weekly meetings with my subject mentor invaluable, as they have enabled me to gain advice and support from a teacher who has years of teaching experience behind her.’
‘The school’s high expectations in terms of behaviour and learning have pushed me to have higher expectations of myself and my pupils which has impacted positively on my teaching practice. The Department has supported me well through a tough part of the PGCE and this has given me confidence going into my NQT year.’
See our website (https://www.highamlaneschool.co.uk/partnership).
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Home and EU students can apply to the Student Loans Company online at (www.gov.uk/studentfinance) for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of the fees.
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.
- An undergraduate Honours degree at 2:2 or above from a UK higher education institution, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject.
- GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or its equivalent) in English language and mathematics at the point of enrolment.
Full entry requirements can be found on the page for each course on our website: www.bcu.ac.uk/education
We would be delighted to receive applications from candidates who are passionate about their subject, a good role model and have an empathy for and an ability to motivate and inspire young people. We are looking for trainees who are energetic, enthusiastic and highly-motivated with a sense of humour and a sense of fun! You should demonstrate high expectations and have an ability to reflect to further improve your practice. We wish you every success with your application! Please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com if we can be of any further assistance to you.
Getting some classroom experience can help you to decide whether teaching is right for you. School experience will offer you the opportunity to talk to teachers and students, and observe teaching and pastoral work. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange school experience at one of our partner schools. This will give you valuable insight and a great focus point for your application and interview.
Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying any other safeguarding checks required.
About the training provider
Higham Lane School Partnership comprises 11 partner schools across both primary and secondary phases. We offer School Direct training in collaboration with The University of Warwick, The University of Leicester and Birmingham City University. Our Lead School is Higham Lane School, rated outstanding by Ofsted and amongst the top 100 performing, non-selective state funded schools in England. We are a close partnership both in terms of location and our approach to the training provision. Our partnership has an expert and experienced team of mentors to support trainees and provide an excellent in-school experience in a range of contexts.
All our schools are happy, caring and purposeful environments. Mutual respect and very clear expectations regarding effort, progress and behaviour are key to our success. Students get on exceptionally well with each other and with the staff. Achievement in all forms: artistic, academic, social, cultural, sporting and intellectual are equally valued.
Our partnership is more than just a place to work - it is a thriving community, proud of its past and confident in its future.
Secondary subjects include English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, physics with mathematics, computer science, geography, history, art and design, design and technology, drama, physical education, modern foreign languages, music, religious education and social sciences.
If you are passionate about teaching, ambitious, reflective and with excellent communication skills and a desire to positively influence and transform young people’s lives, we look forward to receiving your application for one of our programmes.
For more information, please see https://www.highamlaneschool.co.uk/partnership
About the accredited body
Birmingham City University’s School of Education and Social Work is located at City South Campus in Edgbaston, in a £41 million extension providing excellent specialist facilities. BCU trains more teachers than anyone else in the region (HESA, 2016),
Courses are taught by staff who are experienced professionals and maintain links with their sector to ensure you get the most up-to-date learning during your course. Many are research active, contributing to scholarship in education, childhood and youth.
Placements form two-thirds of our PGCE courses, giving you the opportunity to get hands-on and apply and grow your skills.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are proud to be a fully-inclusive training provider. Schools within our partnership attract applicants and trainees from a diverse range of age groups, backgrounds and needs. We are a welcoming, supportive and inclusive community, that everyone can feel part of.
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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.
Hartshill, Nuneaton CV10 0NA
Heath Lane Academy
Earl Shilton LE9 7PD
Shanklin Drive, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV10 0BJ
Saint Martin's Catholic Voluntary Academy
Stoke Golding CV13 6HT
The George Eliot School
Nuneaton CV11 4QP
The Queen Elizabeth Academy
Atherstone CV9 1LZ
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