About the course
This course offers you the opportunity to learn how to teach mathematics to all ability ranges at secondary level. You will develop a good understanding of maths pedagogy and how to help children grasp complex ideas. Providing you with a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding, the course will foster and develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people.
If your degree does not include enough mathematics, or if you just need a refresher course, the Department for Education sponsors several Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses. Newman’s SKE course will provide you with the opportunity to acquire enough mathematics to teach it to at least Key Stage 4 in a secondary school and could improve your chances of employment.
Teaching sessions at Newman comprise an exploration of how mathematical topics develop in the 11-16 with post 16 enhancement age range with a brief exploration of Key Stage 2 techniques and how ideas progress at A level. You will be involved in sessions that focus on doing maths, exploring why techniques such as long multiplication work and how children can be guided in their learning.
You will focus not only on how children will develop their mathematical knowledge and understanding but how to increase their confidence in applying it. To assess children’s progress you will explore potential errors and misconceptions and how they might be observed and remedied. Extensive use will be made of ICT to illustrate and model mathematical ideas. This will furnish you with relevant skills that can be taken into the classroom.
• As a graduate you will be highly sought after by head teachers as mathematics is a shortage subject. You may also be eligible for a £25,000 scholarship (see Postgraduate Bursaries for more information)
• Newman lecturers use a variety of interactive teaching methods including lectures, seminars and individual tutorials which encourage participation
• You will experience a range of assessment formats including coursework, presentations and practical teaching ability
Your interview will for you to demonstrate a number of qualities expected of an ITE student, including:
- Your passion to become an outstanding teacher;
- An awareness of developments in education and in the National Curriculum, and within your individual subject area;
- An ability to speak confidently and communicate effectively with individuals and groups;
- A commitment to ensuring that children achieve their full potential, and an ability to build supportive, trusting, respectful relationships with them and evidence of how you have;
- Evidence of recent and relevant work or voluntary experience in British schools, which allows you to demonstrate your understanding of the role of the teacher both inside and outside the classroom.
Newman University uses a number of methods to assess these qualities in students being interviewed. The interview day is made up of 2 main components:
Working with a small group of other candidates
The interviewers will be looking for you to include:
- a brief introduction;
- a main body, making good use of the time available and engaging the audience;
- and a definitive ending summarising the learning
This group task is designed to show the interviewers that you can work collaboratively with other professionals.
The interviewer will use your personal statement as a starting point, and will want to find out about you as a person – your interests, enthusiasms, personality, experiences and skills. You will be asked a series of questions related to you and your school experience.
How school placements work
You will gain a vast amount of experience of teaching as a substantial component of the course involves two teaching placements. You will also benefit from Newman’s excellent partnerships with schools in the West Midlands. The programme consists of 40 weeks of full-time study (from early September to the beginning of July), and you can expect to spend at least 24 of those weeks in schools.
You will be supported through these placements by experienced teaching colleagues, including subject mentors – teachers trained to provide beginning teachers with support and guidance. Partnership tutors from Newman will also be allocated to provide advice and support.
You will be encouraged to explore further aspects of mathematics education with groups of pupils across the age and ability range, including those with special educational needs.
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.
An Honours degree of which mathematics or a mathematics related subject forms a part, or a recognised equivalent qualification. (A Level mathematics will be considered).
GCSEs (or in exceptional circumstances their equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (grade C previously). Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment.
School experience is desirable, but not an essential requirement prior to interview. However, having experience in a school allows you to add additional information at interview about the experience that you have had when working with children
The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview. Candidates must attend an interview at Newman University.
Passing the National Skills Tests for Literacy and Numeracy, together with obtaining a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance and meeting the requirements for Fitness to Teach is also required.
About the training provider
The Faculty of Education at Newman University has been training teachers for fifty years and has an established reputation for producing high quality teachers, who understand the needs of the children they teach, and develop creative and effective practice. Newman’s experienced tutors and strong relationships with schools throughout the West Midlands will support your learning and ensure high quality education.
These courses will support you with key strategies to become an effective and confident teacher. The PGCE programme is designed to develop and enhance knowledge and understanding of how to become an effective and creative teacher. Upon completion you will be recommended for QTS and may apply for newly qualified teacher roles with an advanced skill set ready to embark upon a successful and rewarding career within the classroom.
The Primary PGCE is available in two options: Early Years/KS! Or KS1/KS2. We offer the following subjects at secondary level: Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
The Post Graduate Certificate in Education is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.
“High-calibre trainees and NQTs who demonstrate exceptional professional attitudes. They share a passion for teaching and a desire to continually improve their teaching skills. They are held in high regard by local head teachers.” Ofsted 2015
Training with disabilities and other needs
Around 20% of our students tell us they have some additional support requirements, last year we advised over 800 applicants and current students with:
• Specific Learning difficulties e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia
• Hearing or Visual loss
• Physical, mobility and dexterity difficulties
• Medical conditions e.g. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, arthritis, ME, MS, cancer, HIV, heart conditions, etc.
• Mental Health difficulties e.g. depression, anxiety, Bi-polar, etc.
• Other e.g. autism, speech difficulties, ADD/ADHD, disfigurements, severe allergies, etc.
We believe all students should be equally able to access the services and facilities we provide and participate fully in University life. We can:
• Advise you about services internally and externally to the University.
• Help address any concerns about access (environmental or information), and liaise with academic staff about any individual arrangements required
• Advise about Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) and other funding sources, which can help fund equipment, software, travel costs or one-to-one support to help access your university studies. Visit www.gov.uk/ and search for ‘disabled students’ allowances’.
• Identify individual arrangements which may help you study more effectively, including issues around missing sessions or concerns about deadlines due to health-related difficulties
We strongly encourage you to indicate that you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or health condition on your application form. This information will be considered separately from your academic suitability for your chosen course, but it helps us understand your access requirements and ensure you have what you need in place to succeed in your studies.
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