We are passionate about transforming children’s lives and inspiring change. Our Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics has the ambitious target of ensuring that every school has access to a teacher trained at Masters’ level.
This is a two-year postgraduate course which will help you extend your knowledge, teaching and understanding of mathematics, and develop the skills you need as a leader of mathematics to enable you to support your colleagues and school. We have run this course across a wide range of local authorities since 2009, with over 640 successful graduates.
If you are currently teaching, this course will transform your teaching of mathematics. Within the course, we focus on mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving in primary mathematics, without any assumption of pre-existing mathematical knowledge. We particularly develop your own mathematical reasoning and relate this to effective teaching in the classroom. You will work with colleagues in your school to develop mathematics teaching and learning. In this way, the programme impacts upon your school’s professional development as well as your own. You will attain professional recognition as a mathematics specialist, giving you the confidence to teach and lead in this subject.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road
This course is Masters’ level professional development for primary mathematics teachers. It focuses on new and evolving aspects of maths teaching such as fluency, reasoning and mastery, reflecting current government agendas.
You will have the opportunity to
- improve your mathematical subject and teaching knowledge
- further understand how your pupils learn mathematics
- evaluate your own learning to improve your teaching practice
- build your collaborative and leadership skills through peer coaching
- learn how to develop your schools’ approach to mathematics teaching and learning
Course modules (17/18)
Subject and Pedagogical Knowledge in the Teaching of algebra and geometry (30 credits)
- Module code: EDUM096
- Core module Y
Subject and Pedagogical Knowledge in the Teaching of number, calculation, measures and data handling (30 credits)
- Module code: EDUM097
- Core module Y
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
You will be taught in a variety of methods. There will be two compulsory residential weekends of face-to-face sessions, as well as local network meetings. The residential weekends are held at a Conference Centre in Huntingdon and for those joining in 2017/18 will be on 11 and 12 November 2017 and 24 and 25 February 2018. These weekends start at 9am on the Saturday and usually finish around 3pm on the Sunday. These weekends are arranged jointly with the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary English, so although the workshops are subject based, you will have opportunities to network with a larger range of teachers working on similar overall themes.
Network meetings are arranged with group tutors nearer the time. Further tuition on the course is arranged through blended learning approaches on our dedicated online NILE course site. Our library is stocked with a very large range of e-resources that will facilitate your independent learning at a distance.
The cost of the residential weekends is covered by your course fees. You will also have access to online materials and discussions, as well as working independently, both at University and at school.
- Teaching activities, workshops and seminars, online tutorial and support: 30 study hours
- Directed tasks and network sessions: 50 study hours
- Directed reading: 50 study hours
- Self-directed study: 70 study hours
- Assessment activity: 100 study hours
The teaching activities take places at two residential weekends per year (four in total). These dates are:
Cohort 8 (2016/17) 30 September and 1 October 2017, 20 and 21 January 2018
Cohort 9 (2017/18) 11 and 12 November 2017, 24 and 25 February 2018
In the first year, you will have two assignments. The first is a reflective discussion of your own mathematical learning with an activity, which you then relate to children’s learning for the same activity. For the second assignment you will mentor or coach a colleague and reflect on their development as well as your own as a mathematics leader.
In the second year, you will undertake a small research project that develops an aspect of mathematics teaching at your school. You will reflect on everything you’ve learnt to suggest an improvement and present your project at the final network meeting. Your final research report will analyse and reflect on the impact of this development in your school. For all of the assignments you will receive personal tutorials and feedback on drafts.
Facilities and Special Features
This course has a direct impact on teaching and learning across your whole school – that is why it is so successful. By continuing your own professional development, you will be able to lead change in mathematics teaching to benefit all of your colleagues and pupils. This course enables you to:
- attend residential workshops and network with a range of teachers within your own subject
- engage in personalised CPD that is relevant to your own development as well as that of your school
- reflect on shared enquiry with colleagues and develop your own confidence to lead
- undertake CPD tasks that link theory and research to your own and colleagues’ classroom practices
- have continual online support from course tutors
- have opportunities to join existing practitioner communities extending and sharing good practice
- gain recognition as a Specialist Teacher in mathematics
- use the 60 credits gained from this programme to complete a full Master’s in Mathematics Education by completing further modules
Askew, M. (2007) Transforming primary mathematics. London: Routledge.
Barmby, P., Bilsborough, L., Harries, T. and Higgins, S. (2009) Primary mathematics: teaching for understanding. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
Boaler, J. (2009) The elephant in the classroom: helping children learn and love maths. London: Souvenir Press.
Gifford, S. (2005) Teaching mathematics 3-5: developing learning in the foundation stage. Maidenhead: Open University Press
Your qualification from this course will recognise your skills as an excellent teacher and leader of primary mathematics teaching and learning. Some teachers have progressed into roles as leaders of mathematics in schools. Others have set up their own companies producing teaching and learning resources based on the principles of the programme. You could also gain further modules and complete the full MA in Education.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Any qualified teacher working within a Primary School setting is eligible to apply. You do not need to be a leading mathematics teacher or a mathematics coordinator, but you will require the recommendation and support of your Head Teacher.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,380 (Year One 30 Credits) £1,380 (Year Two 30 Credits)|
The fee includes all costs for Network meetings and residential weekends. It does not include school cover and travel costs. Schools are often willing to help with costs and some Local Authorities will also support students. If you are intending to complete the full MA maths pathway, you may be eligible to apply for a student loan. For further information regarding possible funding, please visit our fees and funding page.
Year Two may be subject to an inflationary increase in 18/19