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Secondary Education (11-16) with recommendation for QTS - Mathematics
Postgraduate course
PGCE

Secondary Education (11-16) with recommendation for QTS - Mathematics

Overview

We will help you develop new ways of teaching maths and create stimulating learning environments using teaching methods developed in countries with high achieving maths students.

We have been identified as one of the leading teacher training providers in England. We are one of only 25 universities to have had their initial teacher training allocations confirmed for the next three years, an acknowledgement by the Department for Education of their excellent provision.

A key part of your training will be learning how to use geometric tools and devices to teach mathematics, as well as the effective use of interactive white boards and online maths resources. You will also learn how to use traditional textbooks to devise your own teaching resources that will meet the needs of your pupils, regardless of their ability.

We will teach you to think outside of the box when considering how to make mathematics an interesting and relevant subject for your pupils. For example, you will be encouraged to organise external visits to help your pupils understand how maths is used in the real world and to stimulate their interest and excitement in solving mathematical problems.

Aside from developing your ability to teach, you will also hone your communication and interpersonal skills. You will be able to instil confidence in your pupils so they can achieve their potential, and you will learn how to motivate support staff so they can help you deliver outstanding lessons.

You can choose from two different training models.

University-led: You will develop your theoretical knowledge at our Headingley Campus, which offers a superb learning environment, modern facilities and excellent resources. Your learning will be informed by the very latest research and the expertise of our supportive teaching staff. We will organise your extensive school placements so you can apply your knowledge in a classroom setting and your placements will be timetabled to fit with your taught seminars on campus.

School Direct: For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

School Direct lead school and alliance:

Batley Girls High School, Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance

Meadowfield Primary School, Temple Newsam Learning Partnership

Wakefield City Academy

To view our full range of PGCEs, and for more information, please visit our teacher training pages .

We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training and you'll find an experienced course team ready to bring out your potential as an innovative teacher of maths. You will become part of a supportive teaching community, learning from fellow students and sharing ideas on lesson plans, classroom experiences and teaching tips.

Helping you develop your confidence, identity and teaching style through a critically reflective approach to your practice will be a core element of your course.

To prepare you for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend a residential, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to build your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to inspire your lessons.

You will gain substantial training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools are located in and around Leeds, so your travelling will be limited and you will have more time to prepare your lessons. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting environments, receiving intensive support from your school mentor and University tutors.

You will benefit from the practical experience and theoretical knowledge of your lecturers. Many were school teachers and are now active in educational research.

We will provide on-going training for all newly qualified teachers. On successful completion of your course, you will be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, offering you another important element of support and guidance as you start your teaching career.

There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, a scholarship or even a salary.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should have at least a lower second-class honours degree relevant to secondary education in or related to the subject area the candidate is applying for.
GCSES:
All applicants must have grade C passes in GCSE English Language and Maths (or equivalent) before making their application. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.
Practical Experience
Evidence of recent experience in a UK Secondary school must have been completed prior to you making your application. Other experiences of working with children may be taken into consideration.
Professional Skills Tests:
The PGCE Secondary Education (11-16) entry requirements also include statutory Government requirements for trainees entering ITE. These are Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy that must be passed before commencing a QTS course. Further information about registering for and completing these tests can be found on the Department for Education website.

You should look to complete both tests as soon as you have submitted your application. We encourage you to use the practice material available on the DfE website to help you decide whether you are ready to book a live test or whether you should undertake further preparation prior to taking the test. For trainees recruited before 31st May in the year of entry, these Skills Tests must normally be successfully completed within 12 weeks of accepting the offer of a place on the course other than for late applicants. These applicants accepting an offer of a place after June 1st must have passed these tests prior to the commencement of the course.

Selection Criteria:
Due to the popularity of this course, we will use selection criteria based on your personal attributes, experience and/or commitment to the area of study using information derived from your personal statement and reference. These will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements, and only if you are successful at this stage will you be invited to interview. Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process. The interview will involve a group activity, an individual interview, and a written task which is designed to demonstrate your ability for critical thought. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the course.
Health and Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:Applicants should have at least a lower second-class honours degree relevant to secondary education in or related to the subject area the candidate is applying for.
GCSES:
All applicants must have grade C passes in GCSE English Language and Maths (or equivalent) before making their application. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.
Practical Experience
Evidence of recent experience in a UK Secondary school must have been completed prior to you making your application. Other experiences of working with children may be taken into consideration.
Professional Skills Tests:
The PGCE Secondary Education (11-16) entry requirements also include statutory Government requirements for trainees entering ITE. These are Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy that must be passed before commencing a QTS course. Further information about registering for and completing these tests can be found on the Department for Education website.

You should look to complete both tests as soon as you have submitted your application. We encourage you to use the practice material available on the DfE website to help you decide whether you are ready to book a live test or whether you should undertake further preparation prior to taking the test. For trainees recruited before 31st May in the year of entry, these Skills Tests must normally be successfully completed within 12 weeks of accepting the offer of a place on the course other than for late applicants. These applicants accepting an offer of a place after June 1st must have passed these tests prior to the commencement of the course.

Selection Criteria:
Due to the popularity of this course, we will use selection criteria based on your personal attributes, experience and/or commitment to the area of study using information derived from your personal statement and reference. These will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements, and only if you are successful at this stage will you be invited to interview. Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process. The interview will involve a group activity, an individual interview, and a written task which is designed to demonstrate your ability for critical thought. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the course.
Health and Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
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Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which explored boys' identities through their creative writing as they made the transition from primary to secondary school. Most of Tom's teaching now focuses on English pedagogy and he works with our partnered schools to develop practice which engages pupils and has an impact upon their learning.
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