South West Teacher Training
Mathematics (2Q8M)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.swtt.net
Vacancies
No

About the course

South West Teacher Training's Mathematics course is designed by practising professionals, meaning trainees receive up to date information on recent changes to GCSE Mathematics subject content and assessment objectives emphasise the key areas of mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. Fluency; problem solving; reasoning and comprehension and communication skills are all covered on our course.

Learners of mathematics will use these skills to develop models of real life situations and to understand how their assumptions determine the efficacy of their models. Learners need to be able to relate the mathematics they do to their own lives as well as to a wider society.

The aim of the SWTT course is to prepare you to be able to provide sufficient challenge to meet the needs of the most able whilst at the same time making mathematics accessible to those who need the most help. Over the course of two contrasting school placements, our trainees learn to:

• Use a range of teaching resources and approaches that provide challenge to inspire and motivate mathematics learners of all abilities.

• Develop confidence and a positive attitude to mathematics in all learners.

• Monitor and assess the progress of learners and provide timely intervention and support where necessary.

• Develop into a strong, critically reflective, classroom practitioner, who will go on to participate in, and influence the future development of Mathematics Education.

Our Maths trainees are highly sought after and many of our schools request trainees when they are looking to appoint new Maths teachers in the near future.

Interview process

Successful applicants will be invited to a Selection Day at our lead school, West Exe School. On that day we will be looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • a passion for sharing their subject with young people
  • an ability to form positive working relationships with children and adults
  • strong subject knowledge that they can communicate with others
  • positivity and a strong sense of moral purpose for improving the lives of young people.

Our Selection Day asks candidates to teach a sample lesson episode, undertake a panel interview and complete a subject knowledge assessment. Candidates will also take a tour of lead school and learn more about our partnership.

Successful candidates are then greeted with a Welcome Pack which helps them through the preparations required to start the course. We pride ourselves on communicating regularly with successful candidates so they feel like a part of the South West Teacher Training community.

How school placements work

South West Teacher Training has a wide partnership of fifteen placement schools in Exeter, Plymouth and in rural and coastal communities across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. This enables us to place trainees within easy travelling distance of home - we feel this is important to ensure trainee well-being and resilience. It's unusual for our trainees to spend more than thirty minutes travelling to placement.

When placing our trainees, we consider their location but we also make an effort to ensure a good match in ethos between the trainee and their host school. It's important too that trainees experience two contrasting placements to enable them to really discover the kind of school culture that suits them best.

As a school-centred route, we pride ourselves on ensuring our trainees spend as much time in school as possible. After a week's Induction, trainees complete three days of experience in a Primary school and then begin the first of two placements in an 11-16 or 11-18 setting. This quick immersion into school life, integrated with training sessions at our training base, ensures trainees are able to swiftly start teaching under expert guidance, with time to reflect built into the programme.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000
International students £9,000

Financial support

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.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • GCSE Maths and English: Grade C or above. Certificates required.
  • Degree: Honours 2:2 or above: Certificate and transcript required.
  • Professional Skills Tests: Literacy and Numeracy

If you do not hold a C grade or higher in GCSE Maths or English then you will need to enrol on a course to gain these qualifications, or take an equivalency test at equivalencytesting.com.

Where qualifications have been achieved abroad please contact UK NARIC and obtain a comparison statement to prove that your qualification is the equivalent of UK qualifications at (naric.org.uk).

Personal qualities

We will be looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • a passion for sharing their subject with young people
  • an ability to form positive working relationships with children and adults
  • strong subject knowledge that they can communicate with others
  • a range of experience of school settings or working with young people
  • a professional demeanour
  • resilience and creativity
  • positivity and a strong sense of moral purpose for improving the lives of young people.

Other requirements

Safeguarding is important at South West Teacher Training and all candidates must satisfy relevant pre-employment checks.

A place to train with us will involve contact with vulnerable groups (children

and young people) and is therefore exempt from the

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to an

Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. This

exemption means that applicants for this post are required to

declare all criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands and bindovers

both spent and unspent in their application regardless of

the passage of time.

About the training provider

South West Teacher Training is based at West Exe School, part of the highly successful Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust. We are situated in Exeter, placing our trainees in a partnership of schools across Exeter, Plymouth and in rural and coastal schools throughout Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. We match individual trainees to schools that suit their skills and location.

We work with Bath Spa University who provide our PGCE, an Ofsted rated Outstanding provider. They offer a balanced programme of academic excellence alongside school-based training. Bath Spa tutors visit our Exeter site, providing one-to-one tutorials.

We work with Exeter Consortium Teaching Schools Alliance and the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust, who themselves work with Exeter University and Exeter College. We offer a programme of study that links our Secondary and Primary teacher training models, giving our Secondary trainees an enviable insight into the workings of Primary education, an aspect that future employers find attractive and distinctive to our route. The programme is taught by leading practitioners, many of whom are ex-SWTT trainees now employed by our partner schools. They provide thoughtful training sessions rooted in educational theory and current classroom practice. Our route is truly practitioner-led.

Our trainees begin teaching in staged steps from their first weeks, integrating academic study with classroom practice. Our trainees say they value our school-centred route as it places them in a school setting swiftly, yet allows them to build their teaching skills gradually. Visit www.swtt.net to learn more.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At South West Teacher Training we have a long history of accommodating trainees with a wide range of disabilities and other needs. Our training programme emphasises the need for trainees to manage their own pace of learning. Trainee well-being is at the heart of our vision for creating resilient teachers capable of managing their workload.

To that end, in the past we have successfully trained teachers who have learned strategies to manage their dyslexia, colour-blindness as well as mobility issues whilst meeting the demands of classroom practice. Trainees are asked to discuss their needs during a health check before starting the course and this information is swiftly communicated to the course team.

Our partnership work with Bath Spa University is designed to support trainees with a range of needs and we have a differentiated programme of support tutorials, offering our trainees the help and guidance they need as individuals.

Contact details

Email
swtt@westexe.devon.sch.uk
Telephone
01392 686 165
Website
http://www.swtt.net
Address
West Exe School
Hatherleigh Road
Exeter
Devon
EX2 9JU

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