PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education
Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent Campus)
Teaching mathematics is an exciting challenge. But you’ll help young people conquer a skill that they’ll use for the rest of their lives. Our PGCE helps you think like a teacher, understand how children learn and plan engaging lessons.
Many young people find mathematics complicated or dull. It will be your job to find creative ways to make maths enjoyable – whether you’re teaching students about probability or algebra.
We’ve designed this course to help you understand how to support KS3, KS4, and KS5 students. You’ll develop the skills you need to make sure young people enjoy problem solving and are able to reason mathematically.
Throughout your training, you’ll get hands-on experience on placement and spend time on campus developing your teaching skills.
From getting the most out of your induction, to tips on teaching your first lesson, your personal tutor will be there to support you on every step of your PGCE journey.
On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PGCE Secondary Mathematics.
When you’re not on placement, we’ll help you reflect on your experiences, exchange ideas and overcome challenges. You’ll also:
- Learn in small groups
- Use roleplay to develop your knowledge of the secondary curriculum
- Discuss ideas and challenges you face in group and individual tutorials
- Reflect on your placement experiences
Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.
Assessment for your PGCE involves portfolio work, assignments, and observed classroom practice. We’ll often ask you to reflect on approaches you’ve used in the classroom and their effectiveness.
You’ll also be regularly observed by your school-based mentor and university tutor. Working with your placement schools, we’ll identify areas of professional practice that you find challenging.
With a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you’ll be ready to teach Maths in schools across England.
Most of our graduates secure their first teaching position while on the PGCE, with many of them securing roles within our partnership schools.
After you’ve completed this course, you can join our Masters in Education. Your PGCE gives you Masters credits which means you’ll be fast tracked and can complete this course by the end of your second year of teaching.
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