Mathematics teacher training
Course code 2B67
Why teaching maths is important
Mathematics is the universal language of our environment, helping mankind explain and create within it for thousands of years. From playing games to playing music, maths is vital to helping students fine tune their creativity and turn their dreams into reality.
Numeracy is an important life skill; just as important as literacy. Possessing good numeracy skills is a prerequisite for success in various aspects of life. Maths teachers play a vital role in helping to equip students with these skills and increasing their confidence to use maths to solve problems in everyday life.
The qualities that make an outstanding maths teacher
Great maths teachers are passionate about the subject and can share this excitement with their students. They can explain complex concepts effectively in a way which is accessible to all students. Great maths teachers also help students understand the relevance of maths to their everyday life. They teach using real world examples and make maths relatable to students.
Subject knowledge needed to teach maths
Trainees should have a sound grasp of numerical and algebraic techniques in particular, and a thorough understanding of clear mathematical notation and applications.
A good starting point for improving your subject knowledge, or working on any areas of weakness is the BBC Bitesize website. Looking at the National Curriculum for this subject will also be beneficial, as it will give you an overview of which topics are covered.
"I've never looked back on my decision to teach maths. Watching the children as they grasp the concepts that rule our world is a real privilege."
Overview of our maths course
Sept: Core training and mini placements
Oct: Subject-specific training, core training and first teaching placement preparation
Nov-Dec: First teaching placement (6 weeks) and Newcastle University Teaching Conference (1 week)
Jan: Core training, subject-specific training and mini placements
Feb: Subject-specific training and second teaching placement preparation
Feb-May: Second teaching placement (11 weeks)
Jun: Personalised mini placement and QTS (qualified teacher status) interview
We provide ongoing, bespoke, subject specific SCITT Tutor support throughout your entire programme. Our SEDD (Subject Enhancement and Delivery Days) programme enable trainees to work with various heads of department and outstanding teachers in their subject areas. You will also work with expert maths teachers during your two teaching placements.
The benefits of training to teach maths with North East SCITT
Secondary teacher training courses
(11-16 with KS2 enhancement and post-16 enhancement):
To attain qualified teacher status, trainees will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards in the age phases of their course. They must teach and demonstrate that they achieve the Teachers’ Standards in the specific and consecutive age ranges.