Who is this course for?
This course is for those who recognise the importance of mathematics in wider society, and who therefore want to train as secondary school teachers in mathematics.
Mathematicians know they can bring order when there is chaos, apply logic when there is none, and gain joy from solving problems. Learning mathematics changes how we think: it teaches us to take on challenges, embrace problems, and find the truth. Learning mathematics helps us understand the world around us.
You do not necessarily need to have a mathematics degree for the course or to have come straight from university, but you will need a degree in a subject that includes a significant amount of mathematics, which might include engineering, physics, computer science, statistics, economics, or some combinations of the natural sciences.
As a mathematics teacher, you will be passionate about the value of mathematics for every individual and believe in the mathematical potential of everyone. You will appreciate the importance of your role in shaping society and the need for a rigorous course to facilitate this.
What will I study?
Trainees on the mathematics course will explore how students learn mathematics most effectively and how students remember what they learn. Trainees will learn what this looks like in the classroom and what this means for their pedagogy. What are the most common student misconceptions and how can these be used to teach students the correct methods? How can we teach all students at all stages the wonder of proving mathematical facts? How can we gradually build on mathematical knowledge to facilitate problem solving, reasoning, and relational understanding?
Teaching relies on you being an expert in your subject. This course will enable you to fully understand your expertise in mathematics and communicate it to others. There will be an emphasis on understanding both the nature of mathematics and the mathematical knowledge which is essential to learn before tackling more challenging concepts. The course will consider which mathematical knowledge is important at each stage of learning. You will learn when and how to connect one topic to another in the classroom, such as by looking at the role played by basic numeracy in a lesson teaching complex algebraic proof.
How will I learn to teach mathematics well?
Through professional practice and through critically reflecting on your own practice. Your school placements within the course will give you the opportunity to teach, to observe, to practise, to experiment, and to innovate. You have the opportunity to reflect upon your own practice within your school context. As a course entitlement, you will have the time to discuss this with your school-based subject mentor; you can then identify the ways in which you need to develop as a specialist and as a professional. What results is a highly personalised programme in which, through dialogue with your mentor, you develop your teaching style, practice, and ideas in a bespoke way.
Through participating within a community of practitioners which includes other trainees on the same course, the mentors who are themselves subject specialists, and the subject specialist leaders (SSLs) at the Inspiration Trust. Mentors and the SSLs are teachers of mathematics who have reputations at the regional and national level. As a trainee, you become part of this interconnected web of professionals, all of whom are developing and promoting the subject of mathematics. You will have the opportunity to observe some of these professionals at work, to discuss with them the challenges and opportunities you experience, to learn from them and their various approaches to the discipline. As part of your teacher training programme, your developing classroom practice will be supported by subject studies, in which you will receive subject-based enhancement with curriculum experts.
Through developing your knowledge as a professional and as a subject specialist. One of the most distinctive characteristics of Inspiration Teacher Training is the value it places on the richness of knowledge. Firstly, you will deepen your knowledge of mathematics, particularly in focusing on aspects of the subject that might not be your specialism (e.g. statistics or mechanics). Secondly, you will develop professional knowledge to support this subject specialism. You will survey a range of educational research which will shape your teaching practice as you develop a better understanding about learning, reading and memory.
In these ways and others, this course will develop you as a scholarly practitioner, able to become a leading voice within the field.
How much funding will I get?
Fee-paying trainees will be eligible for a bursary of £20,000 to help fund the course. You could also apply for a scholarship of £22,000. You can find more information about funding and bursaries on the UCAS website and Get Into Teaching.
You could also receive up to £15,000 (after tax) in early-career payments once you are in the profession - £5,000 after three years and an additional £5,000 after five years, with an extra £2,500 in each payment for certain local authorities. See the Gov.uk website for further details.
You may be able to apply for a student loan to help pay your tuition fee or living costs - please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for further information.