The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been 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 Initial Teacher Education course
Our aim is to develop analytic and reflective primary mathematics specialists. As well as offering outstanding teacher training courses, we are one of the few universities that awards the equivalent of 120 credits for successful completion of our 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.
Our primary programmes meet all aspects of government requirements for Initial Teacher Training, and qualify you to teach children aged 3-11 years.
The Primary Mathematics Specialist course has two parts and is designed and delivered in partnership with local schools. The university part develops your understanding of theoretical and practical issues inherent in the teaching of mathematics and of 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 gain a sound understanding of the wider primary curriculum, focusing in particular on the learning and teaching of English and Science. You will also develop your understanding of teaching the foundation subjects through personalised provision, selecting from university input and school experience to support your professional development
The 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 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 university tutors. You will also undertake short special interest placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 3. These will develop your understanding of progression in children’s mathematical learning and hence your leadership potential.
Our partnership schools vary in size, phase and context, giving you the opportunity to broaden your teaching experience. You will visit outstanding schools and meet primary mathematics leaders. By the end of the course you will have had the experience and support to begin your career as an effective and confident primary teacher, and an enthusiastic mathematics ‘champion.’
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.
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