Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT Mathematics PGCE
What will our Mathematics PGCE offer you?
Our Maths programme has proven very successful for the fifteen years that we have been training Maths teachers for secondary schools.
Our current Maths PGCE is centred around a knowledge-based approach and it will enable you to develop the core knowledge you need to confidently start your career teaching Maths to students aged 11 to 16.
During your school placements there will be opportunities for you to observe and teach KS5 Maths which will be supported by the content of our Maths programme.
We will also cover the transition in Maths teaching between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.
As part of the PGCE element of this course you will write two assignments which are related to Maths.
One assignment at Masters’ level is about the use of metacognition strategies in the teaching of your subject and the other Masters’ level assignment will have a classroom research-based focus in Maths.
What skills and knowledge will you learn?
The key topics of algebra, shapes, space and measures and handling data will underpin the subject knowledge elements of the programme.
You will be introduced to the method of using screen casting to help reinforce the learning that is taking place in the classroom.
You will be issued with a graphics tablet for the duration of your training programme.
This programme is structured around being able to plan for different types of learners as either novice or expert learners.
You will also be shown how to address behaviour management issues that could occur in a maths classroom and how various assessment strategies can be used to assess student progress in maths.
How is the Maths PGCE structured and who is involved?
Our Maths programme is structured around (i) formal sessions from the SCITT Maths Subject Tutor and (ii) the subject knowledge that you will receive from your school mentors who work alongside you in the classroom.
In your placement school with the guidance and support from your mentors, you will develop the subject knowledge needed to teach successfully in your placement schools.
In addition, you will have six Maths SCITT Subject Knowledge days led by a highly experienced Head of Maths teacher and he will deliver the six Maths Subject Knowledge days which are spread across the year.
These are full of practical teaching strategies for you to be able to use in the classroom in any school.
These Subject Knowledge days will be supplemented by tasks and a subject studies programme which you will complete during the year.
We will also provide you with specific books for the Maths programme, and a laptop and a visualiser for the duration of your teacher training programme.
You will also be assigned a Maths SCITT Tutor who will work closely with you. They will observe you teach at least four times during the year.
They are all Maths specialists so their understanding of teaching the Maths curriculum is comprehensive.
These visits by your Maths SCITT Tutor will be in addition to the school visits/ lessons observations that you will also receive from a SCITT Personal Tutor.
All visits by any SCITT Tutor provide support and feedback that helps you in your development to become a successful trainee and newly qualified teacher. No lessons are graded, and all feedback is given in a personalised manner.
How will you be assessed?
At the end of each term, there is an Assessment Point where you will be observed by your Maths SCITT Tutor then discussions will be had with your mentor and other colleagues in your placement school regarding your progress to that point.
You must pass that Assessment Point in order to continue onto the next term of the programme, but the decision is not made on that one lesson observation.
Your progress is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards across the term and the quality of your teaching; your completion of your portfolio; your engagement with the subject studies and professional studies programmes; your ability to act on feedback and your professionalism in schools with colleagues and students are all looked at as part of that Assessment Point.
Applying for a scholarship
Please note that if you are wishing to teach Computing then you are able to apply for a scholarship to support your training and they are awarded instead of a bursary.
More information can be found here and applications need to be made directly to the scholarship body.
Note that the closing deadlines for applications for a scholarship are from 1st June onwards.
Our Maths PGCE Programme is designed so you can learn how to become a member of the teaching profession, not a teacher in one school.