The Secondary PGCE - 2016/17 entry
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Welcome to the Secondary Maths Page

“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty -- a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show”

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), The Study of Mathematics

Is the above statement true of your own ‘study’ of mathematics or the way pupils (and teachers) in schools today view it? Much of this will be explored during the course and to start that process off here is an outline of tasks that would be beneficial for you to undertake prior to the course starting in September.

Mike Cooper - PGCE Mathematics Method Leader

First 2 weeks of the course - an exploration into the teaching of Mathematics

During the first two weeks of the course we will be exploring a variety of articles about learning and teaching Mathematics to start our critical engagement of the way that mathematics is taught in schools today.

In preparation for this you should download, read and annotate the key reading for our first day.

Key Reading
Richard Skemp’s paper titled “Relational Understanding and Instrumental Understanding - download
for the remainder of the first part of the course you will need to access:
Other work to be explored during the introductory phase of the course includes:

Subject Knowledge Development

Brush up your subject knowledge by finding the NCETM website:

You will need to register (free) and then you will be able to audit your subject knowledge (Maths Content Knowledge) for teaching KS3/4 Maths topics.

Obtain copies of past GCSE and/or KS3 SAT exam papers and have a look at the types of questions that are posed.
How are pupils taught to tackle these questions?

Background Reading
Holt, J (1982), How Children Fail, Penguin, London
Boaler, J (2009), The Elephant in the Classroom, Souvenir Press, London
Loynd, I (2014), The Perfect Maths Lesson, Indpendent Thinking Press (Crown House), London
Emeny, W (2012), 100 Things Awesome Teachers Do, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Teaching Mathematics

One or more of the following books may be useful as the course progresses, each of these books has chapters covering the big themes of teaching (mathematics).

Examples include: Lesson Planning, Assessment, Teaching Strategies, etc. These themes will form much of our work during the course at University with the opportunity to practise in your two teaching placements.

Haggerty, L (ed) (2002), Aspects of Teaching Secondary Mathematics, Routledge-Falmer, London
Goulding, M (ed) (2005), Learning to Teach Mathematics in the Secondary School, David Fulton, London
Chambers, P & Timlin, R (2013), Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School, Sage, London
Any questions about the course please contact Claire Roberts on or 01482 465953 or
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