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Mathematics teacher training

Course code 2B67


Course length
11 months

Course fee

Course applications run from October through the portal. Find us by searching NIoT@North East SCITT (L06)

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

At North East SCITT, your PGCE is awarded by Birmingham University

Our lead school, The Academy at Shotton Hall, is one of only 23 Research Schools in the UK

Complete your initial teacher training year with North East SCITT in just 11 months

We work in partnership with over 60 education providers across the North East

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.

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Lisa Keech

Career changer

Read all about Lisa's journey into teaching

What our trainees say about us...

"Fantastic all round training. What has really stood out for me is how supportive the whole SCITT team have been throughout the year. The highlight was my second placement which was excellent and the perfect fit!"

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