Outstanding OfSTED plus national shortage equals new PGCE

A NEW course which helps to address a national shortage of Maths teachers is being launched by Staffordshire University in September.

The PGCE in Mathematics will add to the University’s successful suite of Teacher Training courses in Business Education, Design and Technology and Communication Technology which were judged to be ‘outstanding’ by OfSTED at their most recent inspection.

Anybody interested in becoming a Maths teacher or wanting information about the University’s other PGCEs are being invited to attend an open event at Staffordshire University’s Beaconside campus next Wednesday March 30 at 2pm.

Dr Michelle Lowe, Head of Education in the University’s Business School, said: “The University has been allocated 10 places for a brand new PGCE course in secondary Mathematics from September 2011 adding to the already impressive suite of courses that we offer. The course is a national shortage subject and as such attracts a £9,000 bursary for each trainee.

“We hope aspiring Maths teachers and people interested in our other teacher training courses will come along to the open event to find out more about what teaching is like, talk to the University team and current trainees and get some advice on how to apply.”

Dr Lowe added: “In November, OfSTED graded our Secondary PGCE Teacher Training provision as Outstanding for the fourth time in succession, placing us at the very top of the sector.

“Comments received from Her Majesty’s Inspectors throughout the week were hugely positive, praising the commitment and enthusiasm of trainees, high levels of individual support, the first-rate mentoring in schools and strong school partnerships.”

Anyone wanting more information about the open event, which takes place in Room E117, or the PGCEs on offer at Staffordshire University can contact (01785) 353830.


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