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 mathematics teacher trained at Masters’ level.
This programme is based on the highly successful MaST course, which we have lead across a wide range of local authorities since 2009 with over 700 successful graduates.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics is for qualified teachers who wish to transform their own teaching practice and make an impact upon the mathematics teaching and learning within their own school. During the course we focus on mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving in primary mathematics without any assumption of pre-existing mathematical knowledge. You will enhance your own mathematical reasoning and relate this to effective teaching in the classroom. We support you to work with colleagues in your school to develop mathematics teaching and learning through a range of professional strategies, such as coaching and mentoring. In this way, the programme encourages you to strengthen your own practice whilst also having a sustainable impact upon your school’s professional development. Through this programme you will attain professional recognition as a primary mathematics specialist teacher, 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. It therefore reflects prevailing government agendas.
You will have the opportunity to
- enhance 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 including face-to-face tutorials and workshops as well as online blended activities. For those joining Cohort 10 in 2018-19, there will be four compulsory Saturday Conferences of face-to-face sessions, as well as network meetings for each of the two modules. The Saturday Conferences are held at a Conference Centre, starting at 9am and usually finishing around 6pm with lunch and refreshments included. These Conferences 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. Dates for each of these Saturday Conferences have yet to be confirmed, but for each module will be in:
- Module 1: October and November 2018, January and February 2019
- Module 2: May, June, September and December 2019
Network meetings are arranged with 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.
- 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
There are face to face session for each of the two cohorts:
Teaching will be delivered over two weekends: 29 and 30 September 2018, and 26 and 27 January 2019.
Teaching will be delivered on Saturdays in October and November 2018, January and February 2019 for module one. For module two, teaching will be delivered on Saturdays in May, June, September and December 2019. Dates to be confirmed.
In the first module, 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 module, you will undertake a small research project that develops an aspect of mathematics teaching at your school. You will reflect on everything you have learned to suggest an improvement and lead the project in school. At the final network meeting you will present your project and reflect on your next steps.
The assignment submission is a final research report in which you will analyse and reflect on the impact of this development in your school. For all of the assignments you will receive personalised tutorials and feedback on drafts.
Facilities and Special Features
The success of this course is attributable to the direct impact on teaching and learning across your whole school. 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 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
Continuing Professional Development
We recognise that some teachers may wish to attend the course for professional development without the requirement to complete assignments. This option is available for those teachers wishing to benefit from the course content by attending the Saturday Conferences, but for whom the Postgraduate Certificate assessment is not suitable. A certificate of attendance will be provided upon successful completion of this CPD route. Further details of this option can be obtained by emailing the Course Leader, Dr Amanda O’Shea, at Amanda.OShea@northampton.ac.uk.
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
The 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. Furthermore you could also gain further modules and complete the full MA in Education through the Mathematics Pathway.
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 co-ordinator, but you will require the recommendation and support of your Head Teacher.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,100 (Year One 30 Credits) £1,100 (Year Two 30 Credits)|
The fee includes all costs for Network meetings and Saturday Conferences. 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.
Further years may be subject to an inflationary increase.