The Primary Mathematics Specialist teacher training course is ideal if you want to teach young children and you have a strong interest in mathematics.
Subject Specialist Primary ITT (Initial Teacher Training) Programmes (SSPIPs) are innovative new programmes, which enable you to specialise within a primary context. The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education (SSPIP) in Mathematics will prepare you for employment in a specialist role of teaching mainly or solely mathematics in a primary school. We are looking to recruit graduates with strong mathematics subject knowledge who demonstrate an enthusiasm for mathematics, an understanding of the primary context and a commitment to this exciting new role. This course attracts bursaries of up to of £6,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priority to increase the number of primary mathematics specialist teachers.
Following satisfactory completion of this course, plus a successful induction year in school and references, students can return to complete an MA in Teaching Studies (data collection and a 15,000 word dissertation).
We require graduates who have achieved their first degree, normally at 2.1 level or higher. Evidence of strong mathematics subject knowledge is required, and we would normally expect candidates to have a grade A or B in A-level Mathematics (which will qualify trainees for an extra £3,000 bursary). We will also consider candidates who have engaged in advanced study of mathematics and who have undertaken degrees with demonstrable mathematical content, such as Psychology or Engineering.
In addition to this it is essential that you have spent a minimum of one week in a maintained primary school, working alongside and/or observing classroom teaching of mathematics and the wider curriculum at the time of applying.
Candidates have to also:
have a GCSE in Maths, English and Science (grade C or above) or an equivalent qualification; alternatively you might be advised to take an Equivalency Test. The DfE require us to check original certificates; you therefore cannot start teacher training unless you already hold these qualifications
pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy; please see the Professional Skills Tests section of the Department for Education web site for more information on the core skills required by trainee teachers
provide a satisfactory medical form
complete an enhanced DBS/police check
complete a Declaration of Suitability to Teach
adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise
The Primary Mathematics Specialist course has two parts and is designed and delivered in partnership with local schools, including our outstanding partnership Teaching School. The university part develops your understanding of theoretical and practical issues inherent in the teaching of Mathematics and whole school issues within the primary curriculum. Your school based practice enables you to apply what you have learned in the classroom.
You will undertake three main areas of study; Professional Studies, Core Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics. In addition, you will be introduced to the other core subjects of English and Science, to help you gain an understanding of the wider primary curriculum.
We work closely with the University careers service and local councils in order to provide you with support for the job application process. Our success rate for completion of our primary courses and subsequent employment in schools remains consistently high; 100% of students from the course obtained employment within the teaching profession in 2013/14. The vast majority of our students gain employment in the local region, many of them choosing to remain in partnership schools, where many progress to be senior managers. In developing this new specialist course, we have consulted with our partnership schools, who report that newly qualified teachers with a mathematics specialism and an understanding of the wider curriculum would be highly employable.
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