PGCE Secondary Mathematics
Study PGCE Secondary Maths at the Institute of Education and benefit from our highly experienced academics and our consistently high employment rates.
Applications for this programme are now closed for 2023/24 entry.
Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Maths course is consistently graded as good in Ofsted inspections, and leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.
You will be taught at the University by experienced mathematics teachers, well versed in both theory and practice. Your placement in a local school will be supervised by expert mathematics teachers who are all specially trained as mentors. Many of them have been through the PGCE with us themselves and are well placed to guide you. You will build up your classroom practice as you work closely with them in the early days, developing your skills and confidence until you can stand alone.
In schools, you will be involved in:
- observation of other teachers
- planning and teaching parts of lessons/small groups
- planning and teaching lessons and sequences of lessons to classes
- reflecting on and evaluating your teaching
- receiving feedback on your teaching
- gaining experience of the range of responsibilities of classroom teachers and form tutors
Your university teaching is through a series of lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge.
Sessions will include:
- participating in workshop style sessions with your peers
- attending presentations by subject experts
- working on tasks in groups
- having individual tutorials
- visiting schools or other education settings
- collaborative lesson planning, delivery and evaluation
You’ll participate in active discussions around the key issues in teaching particularly focusing on how children learn, why they behave as they do and how you can motivate and support them. We have a strong social justice and climate curriculum where all views are welcomed. These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.
Your assignments actively connect the research and work of others in the field to what you’re doing in the classroom and are thoroughly supported by staff and resources.
At the end of the course we offer our students an opportunity to get experience in a broad range of settings and educational environments such as special needs schools, Pupil Referral Units, independent schools, museums, and charities.
The PGCE Secondary Mathematics programme is all about helping you find your style of teaching and being the kind of teacher you want to be.
Climate and sustainability education
Across all of our ITT programmes at the Institute of Education, you will learn about:
- what is happening to our climate, how to help children learn about climate and sustainability in an age-appropriate and accessible way, and how to develop your own positioning as a teacher
- climate justice, the impact of current and future changes to our environment and climate on ourselves and others and implications for teachers
- how to translate knowledge and theory into change and personal action through building climate and sustainability education into your planning, teaching, and children’s learning.
Visit Partnering for the Planet to find out more about the University of Reading’s world-leading work in climate science.