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PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education
Mathematics Teaching Teaching In Secondary Schools
Our Secondary Maths PGCE is run by a team of committed, passionate and experienced staff who offer a diverse range of expertise and a genuine conviction that our approach to teacher education is the best way to develop outstanding teachers. Our staff have extensive school and university teaching experience, and are active in researching in and working with schools to push forward the frontiers of Maths teaching. Our graduates enter the profession as enthusiastic and highly skilled teachers.
The PGCE Mathematics course at Exeter is designed to help you develop your understanding of the subject, of current good classroom practice and how students can best be supported in their learning. All of this is underpinned by a commitment to supporting you in your professional development so that you enter the profession as an enthusiastic and highly-skilled teacher.
Our aim is to help you to become a reflective practitioner, a teacher who is willing to critically evaluate and develop your practice in the light of experience and research evidence. You will be laying firm foundations for a thoughtful and rewarding teaching career. You will take part in activities that we hope will challenge your thinking and help you to develop a clear and positive rationale for your own values, beliefs and approaches.
You will also need to commit to a significant amount of independent study. As well as exploring your own professional development you will be asked to think about students’ learning and how best to plan and organise lessons that allow all students to be active and successful. Again, we will interweave practice and research to help you to develop ideas about how students learn – and what to be aware of that might inhibit learning.
In the first term of the PGCE year, based at the University, we will draw on your experiences, video material, whole group discussion, small group work, paired work, lectures, peer teaching and peer and self-evaluation to help you prepare for your school-based work in the following two terms. You will also complete two academic assignments during the year, in which you will explore aspects of learning and teaching mathematics in depth.
Mathematics is a subject with a high profile in the curriculum yet is one about which many learners can have negative feelings. We will explore with you the nature of mathematics and the teaching of mathematics and how this might affect student enjoyment and engagement. The Exeter PGCE assists you to develop your own academic knowledge of mathematics and includes dedicated sessions on the use of ICT. Furthermore, the development of academic knowledge into ‘curriculum’ and ‘pedagogic’ knowledge to support your practice and working within the context of the National Curriculum will be an important focus.
Learning and assessment
By learning on campus for most of the first term you access the tools to rapidly build professional knowledge to underpin your work in school placements.
Our unique approach gives you opportunities to learn and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education, and will support you during your course and beyond. We carry out a detailed skills audit with every trainee so we understand your particular development needs and can personalise elements of training to strengthen the skills you need to excel as a teacher.
During placements Exeter trainees benefit from the focused support of two School-based Tutors: a Principle Tutor who works as an expert partner, and a Mentor who develops and challenges your thinking about teaching in ways that can be used to enhance performance.
You will be supported in developing the full range of teaching skills and effective reflection that you will need in your first teaching post as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).
For this course (overall cost)
For this course (overall cost)
The usual entry requirements for this course are a good A level mathematics grade and a 2:2 degree with at least 50% mathematical content. However, equivalent or alternative qualifications are always considered and, where necessary, applicants may be required to complete some subject enhancement before joining the course. We advise all applicants to gain some school-based experience in a state school prior to interview. Although this is not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview. The PGCE Mathematics course at Exeter requires enthusiasm, energy, commitment, a love of mathematics and a strong desire to teach. In return, the mathematics team, together with school-based partners, will offer you every opportunity to advance towards becoming a confident and inspirational teacher of mathematics. For graduates who need to develop their mathematics subject knowledge to gain access onto a PGCE it is possible to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. There are several options available and you can discuss at your interview or beforehand by contacting Thomas Ralph.
The University of Exeter is a global university and a member of the leading research-oriented UK universities, The Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of its 27,000 students from over 150 countries, 5,600 of these are postgraduates, studying across the university’s three main...more