The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been recently graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. The Ofsted report states that “such is the confidence of schools that trainees from the University of Birmingham are of high quality, employment rates for both primary and secondary phases exceed national averages by some margin. Trainees display excellent professional qualities: they are clear that good teaching leads to pupils who are interested in their work, enjoy learning and behave well.”
The Initial Teacher Education course
Our aim is to develop analytic and reflective Primary Mathematics Specialists who are aware of the influences on learning and teaching. We are one of the few universities that awards the equivalent of 120 credits for successful completion of our teacher training courses, which we award at Master’s level. For those who successfully complete their induction year there is an opportunity to transfer credits to the MA Teaching Studies course, which is awarded on completion of a 60 credit dissertation.
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.
Our school-based placements enable you to put into practice what you have learned and to develop and refine your teaching skills. You will have the opportunity to teach Mathematics and to experience the wider primary curriculum in two different schools. You will teach Mathematics to more than one class on each placement, and over the year this will include both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. You are fully supported while on teaching practice by school mentors and our university tutors. You will also undertake short special interest placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 3. This will develop your understanding of progression in children’s mathematical learning.
Our partnership schools vary in size, phase and context, giving you the opportunity to broaden your teaching experience. By the end of the course you will have the necessary experience and support to begin your career as a primary teacher and a mathematics ‘champion.’
Download a summary of the Postgraduate Diploma Primary Education (SSPIP) Mathematics course (PDF, opens new window)
If you are interested in teaching young children, but would prefer to train as a generalist rather than a specialist, information on our General Primary and Early Years courses can be found on the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education course page. If you are interested in Mathematics, but would prefer to teach older pupils, information on our Secondary courses can be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education course page.