The Mathematics Education Centre runs a Mathematics PGCE course for those interested in teaching mathematics in secondary schools.
The course was set up in 2014 by Dr Dave Hewitt who had 24 years’ experience running the Mathematics PGCE course at the University of Birmingham as well as 11 years’ experience teaching in schools, including 5 years as Head of Department. In January 2019, Dr Colin Foster joined us, bringing with him 12 years’ experience teaching mathematics in secondary schools, followed by a career in academia, researching mathematics education and writing books and articles for teachers. He has previously worked on the PGCE courses at the universities of Nottingham and Leicester.
The Loughborough Mathematics PGCE course has gone from strength to strength. It has a strong ethos of being research informed and still practically based, with 24 of the 36 weeks in schools. In 2018 Ofsted gave the course an Outstanding rating in all categories. Some quotes from the report are:
- Outstanding leadership has secured trainees’ outstanding outcomes.
- Attainment and employment rates are consistently above national averages.
- Programme leaders’ comprehensive, regular reviews of the quality of training ensure that it is of the highest level.
The university mathematics sessions are based upon a belief that people learn best through personal experience and not just through listening to the ‘words of wisdom’ from others. So as well as providing some necessary information, sessions frequently involve carefully designed activities followed by group discussions which bring out the key issues relating to teaching and learning mathematics. The aim is to develop awareness of important issues and to expand and develop skills so that trainees can make informed choices about their teaching. We have excellent employment rates and along with this we want to help future teachers make a real difference to students’ attitudes, confidence and attainment in mathematics.