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Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarship “How can I challenge my pupils if I am not prepared to challenge myself....” - Maths Scholar

 

We're delighted to announce the Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships will run for a sixth year. This is for those who commence their secondary mathematics initial teacher training which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the academic year 2018/19.

Teaching maths in secondary schools is exciting and dynamic. You can make a real difference at every level from beginner, intermediate and advanced. Maths in the UK needs your special talents. We welcome applications from people who can become passionate, knowledgeable and talented teachers to inspire and enthuse future generations.  

Scholarship Criteria

To apply for a Scholarship, you need to meet the following criteria:

• You qualify as a home student for the purpose of provision of student support,

• You have or expect to:

◦ Achieve a First, 2:i or postgraduate degree (Masters/PhD) in a subject with a strong mathematical content (applications are also welcomed from candidates with a 2:ii degree if combined with significant relevant experience), or;

◦ Have completed or will complete a Maths Subject Enhancement Course (SKE) prior to September 2017 or;

◦ Have a non-mathematical degree with extensive mathematical professional experience

• Secure a training place on an eligible Secondary Mathematics PGCE or unsalaried School Direct mathematics course in England which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) status for the 2018/19 academic year

Please be aware that if you don’t have a maths degree you may need to provide degree transcripts. Equally, if you have completed your degree outside the UK you will need a NARIC equivalency statement to assist your application. 

The application process starts by completing and submitting our online form. You should only start the application if you feel you have the necessary subject knowledge. If you don't feel you do, then we advise you to begin the application process for an ITT course leading to QTS, so that you can potentially be allocated a place on a SKE course.

Furthermore, if you are on an SKE course we recommend that you complete this if possible before you come to an assessment centre. This is to assist you with regards to the mathematical knowledge you will need to show as part of the overall assessment process.

Application deadlines

The application rounds for this year are:

R1: 9am Monday 16 October 2017 to 9am Monday 27 November 2017

R2: 9am Monday 4 December 2017 to 9am Monday 15 January 2018

R3: 9am Monday 22 January 2018 to 9am Monday 26 February 2018

R4: 9am Monday 5 March 2018 to 9am Monday 23 April 2018

R5: 9am Monday 30 April 2018 to 9am Monday 11 June 2018

R6: 9am Monday 18 June 2018 to 9am Monday 23 July 2018

Please note that if you’re unsuccessful at any stage you cannot reapply in the current application year.

Last year, we received an overwhelming number of applications to the Maths Scholarships which lead to the Scheme closing earlier than originally intended. If this happens again, then we will close early. 

 

Advice to Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarship applicants

You may find the following useful for both your applications for a Scholarship and a teacher training place: 

Think about the level of your subject knowledge and that required to teach Key Stages 3 and 4 – go to the NCETM website for a useful self evaluation tool        

Make time to ‘see maths taught for a day’ – visit some schools including a state secondary school in order to see some of the different approaches to teaching maths and to really see what teaching is about        

If you haven’t already, register with ‘Get into Teaching’ for all the latest news and information you will need. If you have (or are predicted) a first, 2:1 or 2.2 degree you will be eligible for exclusive one-to-one advice about applying for teacher training and access to events as part of their Premier Plus service

Find out about the different teacher training options – either school led or university led. Talk to providers and visit them if you can in order to make an informed decision before you submit your teacher training application. The UCAS website provides a search tool to identify all teacher training providers in England

Get some interview experience – if this isn’t formally available for example through your University, then ask some friends to interview you and give helpful feedback. Be prepared by thinking about the type of questions you could be asked