The Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships has its own application process, which is separate to that for teacher training, and consists of two stages; the initial application and Assessment.

Initial Application

The initial application consists of completing the online application form, which can be found by clicking on the big pink button that says ‘Apply now’ on the home page (you’d be surprised how many people miss it…)

Your completed application form allows us to assess that you:
•           Meet the education requirements
•           Are eligible for student finance (please see the eligibility section of our FAQ page for more information)
•           The wider criteria to become a Maths Scholar

We assess your degree subject and classification, and your eligibility for student finance, from the responses you provide in your application to the first two points listed above. If it is not obvious to us from your answers to these questions, then we will contact you for more information to help us make a decision. Due to limited resources, we only assess this information as part of your application.  Please do not send this information to us for assessment separately.

Your personal statement allows us to judge if you meet the wider criteria to become a Maths Scholar. There is a set criteria for the personal statement, so we can judge all applications equally. Ensure that you have read carefully the introductory text to this part of the application as you will advised what is required. The majority of applications rejected at the initial application stage in previous years were due to having an inadequate personal statement which is why it is crucial that you put the time and effort into this part of the application, and focus on providing the information that will help us to make this judgement. We recommend you read the Want to submit a successful application? and Writing a Successful Personal Statement articles before submitting your application.

Please be aware that the online application system does not have the facility to save part completed application forms. To help you prepare your application, download the Sample Application Form 2021-22

Once you have submitted your application, you will see a confirmation message to inform you that it has been successfully submitted and that the Scholarships Team will be in contact within 10 working days (not including weekends or bank holidays). You will not receive an email confirmation.

Should you require the application in an alternative format, or experience any issues completing the online form, please email us for further assistance at scholarships@ima.org.uk

Assessment

For 2021/22, our Assessments will be held online using our videoconferencing software.  The assessment is an individual 45-minute Assessment, and will comprise of three parts:

  • Answering “Why am I learning about…..I’ll never need it!” to assess your ability to: explain the relevance of a KS3 mathematics topic in an appropriate way: show mathematics is an engaging subject to learn and present your ideas on how you can use resources to support the learning of mathematics.
  • Linking a topic across the school curriculum to assess your ability to show applications and benefits of a KS3 mathematics topic across the wider curriculum.
  • Wider questions about the scholarship scheme and mathematics to enable us to judge your personal qualities, motivation and enthusiasm to be an inspirational mathematics teacher, and your understanding of mathematicians and their relevance to secondary school students.
 

If you are required to sit the mathematics test as part of your assessment, then in addition to the three activities described above, you are also required to:

  • Sit a one-hour mathematics test, which will also be held online
  • Mathematical knowledge and Competency. At your Assessment, in addition to the three parts listed above, we’ll also ask you three questions on mathematical concepts and their application in real life.  This means your Assessment will last one hour instead of 45 minutes.
 

Applicants who are invited to attend an Assessment will be provided with further details of the activities that are part of the Assessment, but also details of using our chosen online software.  Applicants who are required to sit the mathematics test will also be provided with further details for that activity.

 

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