The content of a SKE will vary considerably between different providers. The University of Birmingham SKE aims to expand the horizons of future mathematics teachers, not only by ensuring students have some knowledge and experience of all aspects of A Level Maths and Further Maths, but also by exploring a wide range of effective teaching ideas and strategies. This includes the history of mathematics and how it can engage and enthuse secondary school students. We also spend time building an awareness of foundational aspects of mathematics and how it impacts secondary school teachers, while at the other end of the spectrum we investigate some mathematics that is not typically encountered until undergraduate level.
Delivered by specialists with many years’ experience in both secondary school teaching and professional development, you will complete 25 hours’ study each week including three days of face-to-face teaching. Sound pedagogical strategies are exemplified and modelled throughout, and the deliberate variety of lesson styles used enables you to reflect on effective teaching and learning of mathematics. Both the 12-week and 24-week courses are flexible in their content and begin with an opportunity to discuss and/or assess your preferences. The course content includes aspects of:
- Algebra and Calculus (e.g. algebraic techniques, sequences and series, differentiation, integration, dynamic graphing)
- Geometry (e.g. Euclidean geometry, fractal geometry, trigonometry, dynamic geometry)
- Applied Maths (e.g. statistics, mechanics, decision mathematics)
- Operations and structures (e.g. matrices, complex numbers, eigenvalues, group theory)
- History of Mathematics
- Exam papers
You do not need to be applying to the University of Birmingham’s teacher training courses to participate in our Mathematics SKE programme. The course is suitable for career changers as well as those who have recently graduated. Former students include those who have worked in law, banking and marketing as well as those who have worked in schools as teaching assistants. All SKE fees are paid for by the DfE and there is also a bursary of £175 per week (2022) for the duration of the course.
We also offer the Postgraduate Diploma Primary Education (SSPIP) Mathematics course if you are interested in teaching young children. Information on our other PGDipEd (QTS) secondary subjects may be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) course page. Following satisfactory completion of the PGDipEd course, you can return to complete an MA in Teaching Studies.
Following successful completion of the SKE course, internal offer holders will automatically be eligible to take up their place on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) Mathematics course. Offer holders from other institutions with a SKE course condition will have their completion confirmed by the University and be able to start their ITT programme. It is possible to follow a 24-week SKE programme (starting in January 2023) or a 12-week programme (starting in April 2022) depending on the need of each student.
The School of Education and University of Birmingham is committed to equal opportunities in the access to and provision of education. For more information please see the following documents: