The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teacher training and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. Staff have been working closely with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), which is responsible for the growth and quality of education, on the development of this high-quality teacher training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at secondary level.
This one year full-time PGCE in Secondary Mathematics Education will prepare you for entry into the teaching profession as a reflective and critically aware practitioner through significant emphasis on research-led teacher education. The programme will include key elements delivered by staff from the University of Birmingham in Dubai supported by senior teachers in schools. Through the programme you will develop a deep understanding of issues and complexities which surround the teaching and learning of mathematics. We wish to develop you as a thinking teacher who can be aware of choices in how to teach mathematics and make informed decisions about how you work with students. Our sessions will rarely be of the form of a lecture, instead we use activities and discussion as the main way of working.
On the PGCE Secondary Mathematics Education programme we will help you become aware of issues relating to planning lessons, assessment, the difference between telling students information and teaching students, standard misconceptions students have about mathematics topics, how different approaches to teaching a topic can change the learning experience for students and how choice of resources and technology can change the sort of mathematics with which students engage.
School-based experiences are a central part of this programme which also includes a range of professional courses to help you plan, teach, and develop your classroom skills. The high quality personalised support ensures that the majority of our students exceed the teachers' standards at an outstanding level (Ofsted report 2013).
- This teacher training programme, which has been approved by KHDA, will support the Ministry of Education's aim of enhancing the status of teachers in the UAE and provides opportunities to share the School’s high quality provision internationally.
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We have an excellent record of students gaining teaching jobs at the end of the course. Our teacher training programme is designed to meet recognised teacher standards in the UAE and UK and time is spent in placement schools to develop the necessary experience and skills.
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